Report on Hospital Quality
Quality in health care, including in
hospitals, can be described as "doing the right thing, at the right time,
in the right way—and having the best possible results."
This report provides information on how
well all the hospitals in [community/state] care for patients with a wide
range of health problems. It can:
- Help you choose a hospital for
- Provide useful information for your
loved ones if they need hospital care.
- Encourage hospitals to improve their
- Help everyone learn more about
Why should you look at
Don't people get good care in any hospital
their doctor recommends? Here are the facts:
- All hospitals do not provide the
same quality of care. Some hospitals are better than others.
- A particular hospital might do a
very good job on some health problems and not such a good job on other
- Whenever people go to the
hospital, they risk getting a new health problem while getting medical care
for an existing problem. Hospitals vary in how well they protect patients
from these risks.
- Your doctor, or the specialist or
surgeon he or she recommends, may be highly skilled, but hospital quality
also depends on how well all the hospital staff, such as the nurses, take
care of you, and on how well the hospital is organized.
Given these facts, our goal is to give
you information you can use to increase your chances of getting the best
possible hospital care when you need it.
What information is
available in the report?
There are two types of information
provided in this report:
often patients had medical complications while in the hospital.
often patients died while in the hospital for certain health conditions and
This information is provided about [X]
hospitals. By looking at this information, you will be able to assess which
hospitals have the fewest number of deaths and complications.
There are many ways to judge hospital
quality. We are reporting this information because experience shows it is
accurate, easily available for most hospitals from their administrative
records, and of interest to members of the public.
Select this link to start
comparing hospitals' results.