Utah hospitals achieve good grades in ranking

Mar 15 2012 - 11:46pm

OGDEN -- Utah ranks fifth in the nation in overall patient quality when it comes to acute hospital services.

According to a Hospital Compare report released recently by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, out of 51 U.S. states and territories, Utah has high patient satisfaction and performs better in areas such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Survival rates are higher and the number of patients being readmitted to the hospital is down.

According to the Utah Hospital Association, this is all encouraging news.

"The overall score was calculated as a simple average across four areas and the quality measures, so each of the four areas have a one to 100 score and we then just average those four areas," said Scott Horne, Utah Hospital Association manager of health policy and information. "These reports are great because anyone is able to look at the outcomes and see that Utah does a wonderful job caring for our patients. I think everyone is making a concerted effort."

Hospital Compare provides information about the quality of care in more than 4,700 hospitals across the country. The latest report focuses on readmission rates, patient satisfaction, mortality and quality measures.

In addition, MountainStar hospitals across the state received national recognition for achieving superior patient outcomes.

For the past two years, Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful was presented the HealthGrades joint replacement excellence award and was ranked No.1 in the state for overall orthopedic services and No.1 in the state for joint replacement. It also received a five-star rating for back, spine and neck surgery.

Brigham City Community Hospital also received a five-star rating for hip fracture treatment.

HealthGrades is a national independent source that provides physician information and hospital quality ratings.

"We are very proud to have received this honor. It really starts with our foundation and culture here at the hospital," said Shelley Preece, director of the orthopedic spine unit at Lakeview Hospital. "When you are going to have a surgical procedure you really need to educate yourself by looking at hospital outcomes so you can get the best care you can receive."

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