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WESLACO — Knapp Medical Center is proud to announce that it has achieved a four-star rating for its high levels of quality healthcare, being provided in the Mid-Rio Grande Valley, in accordance with the recently released “Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings” by the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The star rating, based on a system of one to five stars, is available on the CMS hospital comparison site at, and is determined by Knapp Medical Center’s overall performance in a survey comprised of questions related to key areas of service and experience, called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).

The uniform survey is designed for former patients of a hospital, who have received inpatient care, and asks a wide range of questions related to their hospital stay, including communication with nurses and physicians, responsiveness of hospital staff, overall rating of the hospital, and willingness to recommend the hospital.

Knapp Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in Hidalgo County to receive a four-star rating from CMS.

Rene Lopez, Chief Executive Officer at Knapp Medical Center, said Knapp’s four-star rating is a testament to the work of employees and physicians, who are dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to residents of the Mid-Valley – every patient, every time.

“The four-star rating Knapp Medical Center has received from CMS indicates the level of commitment our employees have in ensuring our patients receive the best healthcare experience possible,” Lopez said. “By treating each one of our patients with personalized attention and specialized care, our clinical and non-clinical staff prove each and every day that we are here to care for our community and that we are ready to meet their healthcare needs.”

Knapp Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer, Anna Hinojosa, said Knapp’s outstanding rating is demonstrable proof that patients at Knapp Medical Center are receiving excellent care and is an important tool for local residents to recognize when they weigh their healthcare options.

“Knapp Medical Center’s clinical team works consistently to pursue the highest standards for clinical excellence; we are extremely proud of this achievement,” she added. “But, despite this impressive rating, we, at Knapp Medical Center, remain committed to the pursuit of patient-centered excellence, in all that we do.”

To determine overall star ratings, Knapp’s results on seven measures of patient experience regarding the care they received are compared to the same results from other healthcare facilities.

According to information available on, “HCAHPS star ratings enable consumers to more quickly and easily assess the patient experience of care information that is provided on the Hospital Compare website. The HCAHPS summary star rating combines all information about specific aspects of patient experience of care.”