The upcoming May 2013 issue of Consumer Reports contains an investigative article regarding hospital safety. The article titled, “Safety still lags in US hospitals,” indicates that most hospitals have room for improvement and provides a safety ranking of over 2,000 hospitals.
This is the second time that Consumer Reports has rated hospitals for safety. The last time was in August 2012. The article provides a ranking by state in the five categories of avoiding infections, avoiding readmissions, communication about medications and discharge, appropriate use of chest and abdominal scanning and avoiding serious complications.
The magazine develops the ratings from scientifically based data on patient experience and outcomes gathered from public sources. The data, which come from federal and state governments, cover different time ranges, depending on the specific measures.
St. Francis Medical Center ranked # 4 in all New Jersey hospitals and was ranked the safest hospital in Mercer County.
“We are pleased that Consumer Reports, once again, was able to provide an unbiased ranking that shows how well St. Francis Medical Center takes care of our patients.” stated Jerry Jablonowski, President/CEO of St. Francis Medical Center. He continues, “It is my highest priority that every person we take care of at St. Francis is treated in a safe and compassionate manner with the best health outcome possible. We provide a safe environment within the hospital, both through our technology and our staff training, which minimizes the chances of an adverse event.”