Scott Regional One of Two Critical Access Hospitals in State to Receive 4-Star Rating from CMS

SRH DirectorsScott Regional Hospital recently received 4 Star recognition status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Scott Regional is one of only two hospitals in the State with this distinction. Pictured are directors and staff of Scott Regional Hospital left to right, seated, Debby McCrory, Radiology Director; Norma Massey, ED Coordinator; Gera Bynum, Pharmacy Director; Heather Davis, Controller; Amanda Goss, Health Information Director; standing, first row, Kenya Boyd, Patient Registration Director; Vicki McNeal, FNP, Swing Bed Coordinator; Kasey Hall, Respiratory Director; Amy Sugg, Administrative Assistant; Mandy Johnston, Case Manager; Shelby Friend, Assistant Director of Nursing; Fannie Easterling, Corporate Compliance Officer; Wanda Martin, Laboratory Director; Michelle White, Housekeeping Director; standing, second row, Andrew Chambers, Director of Nursing; Brian Wright, Rehab Services Director; Charles Bobbitt, Central Supply Director; and Mike Edwards, Administrator.

Morton, MS – Scott Regional Hospital has been awarded a 4 Star Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through the recent launching of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Program. This program spotlights excellence in health care quality and helps consumers use detailed information located on the Hospital Compare website in making healthcare choices. In an effort to make quality information more actionable and accessible, CMS chose to use stars because consumers are familiar with this concept from other areas of business. Consumers can also use the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Program, along with other information on Hospital Compare, patients can learn about the quality of hospitals, compare facilities side-by-side, and ask quality-related questions when visiting a hospital.

“We are so very proud of our medical staff members and employees for achieving this status. The 4 Star level was achieved through the dedicated service and skills of our caregivers. Our people truly work hard to care for each and every patient as if they were a member of their own family, and we are pleased to have the quality of our care recognized and the outcomes demonstrate the sincerity of our efforts,” said Mike Edwards, Administrator of Scott Regional.

According to the Hospital Compare website, Scott Regional is one of two Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in the entire state with a 4 star rating. Currently, there are no CAH with a 5 star rating in the state of Mississippi. The national average rating among all hospitals is 3 out of 5 stars. This shows that Scott Regional Hospital performs better on quality measures in comparison to other facilities. Several measures are included in factoring the rating and include the following: mortality or death rate for specific diagnoses; safety of care; readmission rates; patient experience during hospital stay; effectiveness of care; timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.

Wallace Strickland, President and CEO of Rush Health Systems congratulated the Scott Regional team saying, “We want to thank each and every physician, advance practice provider and employee who works at Scott Regional. They have a longstanding reputation for providing compassionate, personalized care for their patients, co-workers and the communities they serve. You are to be applauded for this quality recognition. We appreciate you for being your brother’s keepers and for continually striving to improve your care and services.” 

Rush Health Systems is the largest, most diverse medical system in East Mississippi and West Alabama. With a 102-year legacy of medical innovation, quality care and service to others, Rush Health Systems is comprised of 7 hospitals, 26 primary care clinics, with 250 staff and contracted physicians and 95 advance-practice providers. Rush is the largest non-governmental employer in the region. Rush Health Systems includes Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, MS; The Specialty Hospital of Meridian, MS; Medical Foundation, Inc., Laird Hospital, Union, MS; H.C. Watkins Hospital, Quitman, MS; Scott Regional Hospital, Morton, MS; John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, DeKalb, MS, and Choctaw General Hospital in Butler, AL. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.