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How safe is your hospital?

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on July 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm with No Comments »
July 6, 2012 4:53 pm

Tacoma’s two biggest hospitals finished nearly neck and neck in a Consumer Reports national safety ranking released today.

Tacoma General was given a score of 60 on the safety survey, which edged out St. Joseph Medical Center with a score of 57.

For the report, Consumer Reports analyzed data from more than 1,000 hospitals in 44 states and gave each hospital a safety rating in several categories, including: avoiding infections, readmissions after discharge, clear communication about drugs and discharge, and the overuse of CAT scans.

Safety scores are listed on a scale from 1 to 100. The average score was 49. The top score in the country (Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana) was 72.

Tacoma General got more points than St. Joe’s for its electronic records system and number of bloodstream infections.

Here are the scores for hospitals rated in Washington:

Kadlec Medical Center, Richland 71
Evergreen Healthcare, Kirkland 67
St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way 65
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle 65
Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia 62
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle 61
Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma 60
St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma 57
St. Clare Hospital, Tacoma 56
Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue 53
Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett 52
Valley Medical Center, Renton 52
Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton 52
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle 51
Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill Campus, Seattle 49
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle 49
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup 48
Swedish Health Services, Seattle 46
Auburn Regional Medical Center, Auburn 41

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