Consumer Reports recently released a new guide called “How Safe is Your Hospital?" The guide is intended to help patients and their family members choose a hospital and emergency services based on patient safety and quality scores. Consumer Reports’ researchers studied data from more than 2,000 hospitals in America with a focus on hospital-acquired infections, overuse of CT scans, patient communication and hospital re-admissions rates. Each hospital was then scored based on its total points in each graded category.
On a 100-point scale, the best hospital in the nation earned a score of 72 with the average score among all hospitals being 49.
Lee’s Summit Medical Center, located northeast of the Mo. 50 Highway and Todd George intersection, earned a score of 61. This is the highest quality score among all hospitals in the Kansas City area. Lee’s Summit Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer.
“Quality improvement is about pushing forward, not looking back or sideways, but focusing on improving our good performance with every patient, every day. I’m very proud that we are leading the region in another quality ranking, but we can do better,” says Lee’s Summit Medical Center President and CEO Jackie DeSouza.
“I know we can be the best hospital in the nation. Our employees and physicians are committed to that kind of performance,” she says.
To learn more, go to www.consumerreports.org and click on health.