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‘UnSafest’ Hospitals in America 2012

By on July 8, 2012

The good people Consumer Reports rated more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals for safety, providing a unique way to compare hospitals in your community. The first of its kind report is notable also because only 18% of all the hospitals in the U.S. participated. What does that say about the state of hospital safety in the nation?

Consumer Reports apparently used six factors in rankings: infections, communications about safety issues, how soon patients return to the hospital after discharges, over-use of imaging tests that expose patients to radiation, common complications, and fatality rate for multiple conditions.

Hospitals ranked near the bottom, based on a 100 point scale are below.

  • Harlem Hospital Center in New York (20)
  • Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo. (22)
  • Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn (22)
  • Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago (23)
  • Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J. (24)
  • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-San Martin Campus in Las Vegas (24)
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va. (25)
  • Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. (25)
  • Hanford Community Medical Center in Hanford, Calif. (25).

Not included are these hospitals:

  • Veterans Affairs and children’s hospitals.
  • Some specialty hospitals like hospitals as the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
  • Hospitals that don’t have enough data were excluded, like Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta; Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore; the University of Chicago Medical Center; and the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

And this ranking identified Billings Clinic in Montana as the safest hospital in the United States with an overall score of seventy-two. Congrats to you Billings Clinic.



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