Consumer Reports Ranks New York State Hospitals on Quality Issues

The August issue of Consumer Reports magazine now on the newsstand has a great article rating hospitals across the country based on data received from Medicare. The magazine rated the hospitals on four key factors including:

1) rate of infections
2) Readmission rates
3) Communications with patients
4) unnecessary scanning with radiation exposure.

These issues have been of great concern to senior advocates and StateWide Senior Action Council. Consumer Reports has a Safe Patient Project which analyzes the data. The magazine suggests the same kinds of things we have been urging about hospital visits: go home as soon as you can unless you don’t feel stable, see a discharge planner in advance and get a summary of steps to take when you get home, get results of tests and make sure to see your primary care doctor within 7-10 days after discharge.

The magazine says that those hospitals with the best ratings were those which made deliberate systemwide attempts to improve in specific areas, like lowering infection rates or limiting unnecessary scans. Consumer Reports noted that no hospitals got top marks for lower re-admissions and communications. 166 hospitals nationwide got the lowest score. Almost 500 hospitals nationwide earned the lowest score for communications about medications and discharge plans. There are about 120 New York State hospitals ranked. Here are the top ranking hospitals in New York State in the Consumer Reports study with their scores in parentheses:

1) Cayuga Medical Center – Ithaca (61)

2) Benedictine Hospital – Kingston (60)

3) Peconic Bay Medical Center – Riverhead (59)

4 (tie) Saratoga Hospital – Saratoga Springs (57)

4 (tie) St. Francis Hospital – Roslyn (57)

6 (tie) NYU Langone Medical Center – New York (56)

6 (tie) St. Peter’s Hospital – Albany (56)

6) Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center – Lewiston (56)

9) Putnam Hospital Center – Carmel (55)

10 (tie) Albany Memorial Hospital – Albany (53)

10 (tie) Community Memorial Hospital – Hamilton (53)

12 (tie) Peninsula Hospital Center – Far Rockaway (52)

12 (tie) Good Samaritan Hospital – Suffern (52)

12 (tie) St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital – Newburgh (52)

12 (tie) Samaritan Hospital – Troy (52)

12 (tie) Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo (52)

17(tie) St. Joseph Hospital – Bethpage, Long Island (51)

17 (tie) Nyack Hospital, Nyack (51)

17 (tie) Bassett Medical Center – Cooperstown (51)

17 (tie) Canton-Potsdam Hospital – Potsdam (51)

17 (tie) Arnot Ogden Medical Center – Elmira (51)

17 (tie) Rome Memorial Hospital – Rome (51)

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