National Magazine Names FHN One of State’s Top Four Hospitals for Safety

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The world’s largest independent non-profit product- and service-testing organization has again scored FHN highly among the state’s safest hospitals, according to a report in the August issue of the organization’s magazine.

“We are very proud to be named a second time as one of the safest hospitals in the state,” said FHN President and CEO Michael Perry, MD. “Consumer Reports uses publicly available data to provide unbiased ratings that focus on data from a patient perspective. We think it’s an indicator of the quality of care our patients can expect throughout FHN.”

Consumer Reports scored more than 4,000 hospitals across the country in five categories in its second annual study, but only 1,940 provided enough data to receive a Consumer Reports safety score. With a possible perfect safety score of 100, hospitals were rated for:

• Safety
• Bloodstream infections
• Avoiding readmissions
• Drug information
• Surgery – adverse events

FHN’s score was 64, which puts it in the top 6 percent of hospitals (118 total) receiving a score of 64 or greater. (The highest score was 74, given to St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas and Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.)

“Last year, 1,159 hospitals of the 4,000 studied provided enough data to be given a safety score in this study, and this year the number has increased to 1,940, so our year-to-year ratio is about the same,” Dr. Perry said. “Just 14 percent of the hospitals that received a safety score achieved a score of 60 or higher, and more than half the hospitals scored received a score of less than 50.”

Four hospitals in Illinois received scores of 64 or above:

• OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac (70)
• Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru (68)
• Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville (66)
• FHN Memorial Hospital (64)
Rockford’s three hospitals received scores of 50 and below:
• Rockford Memorial Hospital (50)
• SwedishAmerican Hospital (49)
• OSF Saint Anthony Hospital (47)

CGH Medical Center in Sterling, KSB Hospital in Dixon, and the Monroe Clinic Hospital were not rated.
This year’s ratings are available in the August 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine and online at the organization’s website, www.consumerreports.org.


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