5 hospitals in Iowa with top nurse-patient communication scores

The following hospitals in Iowa received top marks on patients' HCAHPS surveys for nurse communication.

At least 80 percent of patients at these five hospitals responded on their surveys that nurses always communicated well. In Iowa, the average is 82 percent, which is higher than the national average of 80 percent.

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The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare website and represent HCHAPS scores collected from July 2015 through June 2016, the most recent data available.

Note: Hospitals with fewer than 100 completed surveys were excluded from consideration for this list.

1. Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond — 95 percent

2. Stewart Memorial County Hospital (Lake City) — 92 percent

3. Floyd County Medical Center (Charles City) — 90 percent

4. Floyd Valley Hospital (Le Mars) — 88 percent

5. Iowa Specialty Hospital – Clarion — 88 percent

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