Howard County Medical Center


Patients that would definitely recommend
19% higher than the national average

Safety Ratings

How well a hospital safeguards patients from potential complications

No events relating to foreign objects left in body during a surgery or procedure

5 ratings were as expected

  • Death in procedures where mortality is usually very low
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital
  • Hip fracture following surgery
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Hospital Quality

Clinical Ratings

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Data Source

Patient Experience

Patient experience measures tell you how patients felt about the care they received at the hospital. These measures are based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Patients who gave a rating of 9 or 10
23% higher than the national average


Would definitely recommend
19% higher than the national average

Howard County Medical Center

National Average

Communication with doctors

Percent of patients who said that doctors always listened to them and explained things well


Communication with nurses

Percent of patients who said that nurses always listened to them and explained things well


Communication about medicines

Percent of patients who said that staff always explained medicines before giving them to patients


Discharge Information

Percent of patients who said they were given information about recovering at home


Care Transition

Percent of patients who said they understood their care needs when they left the hospital


Responsiveness of hospital staff

Percent of patients who said they always received help quickly from hospital staff


Howard County Medical Center

National Average


Percent of patients who said the area around their rooms was always kept quiet at night



Percent of patients who said their room and bathroom were always kept clean



Provider Reviews

Apr 20 2020

Review for Dr. Brailita

Carla Richards Mar 13 2020

Review for Dr. Stevens

Dr. McGowan has helped me deal with my heart issues starting in Dec of 2018. He is extremely knowledgeable and cares for his patients. I have already recommended him to others.

Kathy Carlsen Feb 20 2020

Review for Dr. McGowan

Dr. Sextro did not disappoint. I was familiar with his renown through the experiences of friends and family and had not reservations from the outset until now 12 weeks after the full anterior hip replacement.

Kenneth D Meyer Jan 16 2020

Review for Dr. Sextro

Very professional. He answered our questions before we had to ask them.

Dec 06 2019

Review for Dr. Pohlman

Dr Sextro replaced both of my knees this year. The outcome has been great with both of them. Wish I hadn't waited so long.

Dec 03 2019

Review for Dr. Sextro

Dr. Pohlman and Diane are the best. They showed concern and care during my visit. They were very helpful in explaining concerns and answering questions.

Sep 27 2019

Review for Dr. Pohlman

She told me my daughter with Down Syndrome didn't need glasses

Aug 19 2019

Review for Dr. Janky

May 08 2019

Review for Dr. Sextro

She's very thorough. My eye health is in great hands with her!

Mar 30 2019

Review for Dr. Janky

Mar 05 2019

Review for Dr. Kramer

Dr. Sextro performed my anterior hip replacement and, after six weeks, I am getting along so well. My recovery has been fairly amazing. He is very business-like and does not waste any time, yet all questions are answered. His staff was very pleasant and helpful also.

Jan 16 2019

Review for Dr. Sextro

It is so nice to have a good old fashioned family doctor. Dr Stevens cares and listens to you. He never hurries you out the door. When you leave you feel better Karen

Karen Green in Arcadia, NE - Dec 27 2018

Review for Dr. Stevens

Aloha Kier in Max, NE - Nov 19 2018

Review for Dr. Ganatra

Mary in Ainsworth, NE - Oct 20 2018

Review for Dr. Sextro

NE - Sep 20 2018

Review for Dr. Adam

jml Aug 22 2018

Review for Dr. Fruehling

Aug 15 2018

Review for Dr. Adam

He will travel the lengths of the earth to try to cure his patients and has proven this time and time again!

May 25 2018

Review for Dr. Copur

Hastings - Oct 12 2017

Review for Dr. Adam

Kathy Foley in Grand Island, NE - Sep 11 2017

Review for Dr. Brailita

Doug in Grand Island, NE - Jun 01 2017

Review for Dr. Copur

Dr. McGowan truly is a doctor who cares for his patients. This is evident by the relationships he forms with his clients. His hard work and dedication to medicine as well as the overall well being of his patients perfectly reflect the kind of doctor he is. Nothing but good things to say!!

Omaha, NE - Mar 27 2017

Review for Dr. McGowan

When I lived in Nebraska, Dr. Janky was my Ophthalmologist. She was personable, caring, professional, and took great care of my eyes. I would highly recommend her for excellent eye care.

Kam Ruble in Dallas, TX - Mar 24 2017

Review for Dr. Janky

Dr Pohlman was very thorough and answered questions in detail. He is easy to consult with and has a pleasant demeanor.

Kathy D in Kearney, NE - Jul 03 2016

Review for Dr. Pohlman

Best doctor!

Bessie fuentes in Kearney, NE - Jun 26 2016

Review for Dr. McGowan

Kristin in St. Paul, NE - Jun 07 2016

Review for Dr. Majerus

First surgery was semi successful., but required a second surgery which was a complete failure.

None in Grand Island, NE - May 19 2016

Review for Dr. Schneider

The best doctor I've ever been to. He truly cares for his patients, listens to them and explains everything clearly. I never feel rushed with him and i couldn't ask for a better doctor.

AngelaC in Cairo, Ne - May 17 2016

Review for Dr. Harrahill

After one experience with Dr. Harrahill in an ER we both decided to make him our family GP. I have rarely encountered a health provider so patient in providing ALL desired information, and with good humor.

Roger Welsch in Dannebrog, NE - Mar 24 2016

Review for Dr. Harrahill

I went to Dr Sextro for a second opinion. Although I don't doubt his knowledge, his bed side manner was less than appropriate. He was emotionless, rude and insulting.

Female in Grand Island, NE - Dec 18 2015

Review for Dr. Sextro


Howard County Medical Center

PO Box 406, Saint Paul, NE 68873

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