The August issue of Consumer Reports has ranked Salem Hospital as the safest hospital in Oregon. The hospital was given a composite score of 63 out of 100 in six categories that measured everything from radiation use to mortality rates. The hospital shined particularly when it came to infection-prevention across departments.
Dr. John Santas, the director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, told us Oregon hospitals on average did better than hospitals nationally. Hospitals across the country had an average score of 49. But he also says hospitals in Oregon and around the country have a lot of work to do when it comes to communicating with patients about new medicaitons and discharge policies.
He attributes Oregon’s above-average score in part to the state’s laws requiring hospitals to be transparent about infection rates and other data.
Do you work at hospital? Have you been admitted as a hospital patient recently? What do these rankings mean to you?
- John Santa: Director of Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
- David Holloway: Chief Medical Officer, Salem Hospital