Denver-area hospitals react to CR rankings

DENVER - 9News reached out to several hospitals that ranked lowest on a safety survey by Consumer Reports for the Denver area. It's part of a national report on "surviving your hospital stay."

The scores are a combination of five safety categories, according to Consumer Reports: communications, infections, readmissions, unnecessary CT scanning, and mortality. The scores are between 1 and 100.

You'll find the full list of safety ratings for Denver-area hospitals below or by opening this PDF file, which includes ratings for mortality as well.

9News called the five hospitals in the Denver metro that rated lowest on Consumer Reports' safety rating list. As of 6:30 pm Thursday, two had released statements.

Porter Adventist in Denver scored last in the survey with a 52. Its parent company, Centura Health, released this statement:

"The hospital "rankings" are based on a scoring methodology unique to Consumer Reports. Additionally, consumers should pay attention to the time frame of such hospital "scores." In this case, the data is reportedly from at least two years ago, and does not necessarily reflect the most recent results of Colorado hospitals' ongoing commitment to quality and safety improvement.

At Centura Health, we believe that consumers should use all available tools at their disposal to identify which health care provider is right for them, such as talking with friends and family and consulting with doctors, nurses and other health care providers. The Consumer Reports rating system is merely one tool of many that consumers can use when making health care decisions.

We are dedicated to finding new ways to improve safety and quality of care each and every day. Other ratings organizations have found the care delivered at our hospitals to be excellent, as evidenced by the continuous awards and recognition by organizations such as Healthgrades, US News & World Report, Leapfrog, The Joint Commission, Magnet, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, among many others across our system."

Swedish Medical Center, which scored fourth from the bottom with a 55, released this statement:

There are many different reports out there, and while we believe in transparency that is both useful and meaningful, the truth of the matter is that this Consumer Report pulls from old data. The data used to create this list goes back as far as 2009 and is not representative of the environment of care at Swedish Medical Center today.

Patient safety is our number one priority and there are many things we do every day to ensure the safety of every patient, every time:

· We have a program to reduce the possibility of patients developing blood clots while they are hospitalized. Blood clots have been identified as one of the highest risk complications for hospitalized patients because they are not as active as they would be if healthy and at home.

· Infection prevention is always a top priority. In addition to our already robust infection control program, we have now purchased a technology system, Theradoc, that will further enhance our ability to detect and prevent infection in our patients.

· A large part of patient safety is communication. We have many different initiatives around explaining tests, procedures, medications, side-effects and other important patient information to ensure a safe environment.

Here's the full safety ratings list from Consumer Reports:

Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree, CO - 66

Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO - 65

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, CO - 65

Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Denver, CO - 63

North Suburban Medical Center, Thornton, CO - 61

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO - 61

Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO - 60

University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO - 59

Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO - 58

Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton, CO - 58

St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO - 57

St. Anthony North Hospital, Westminster, CO - 55

Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO - 55

Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO - 53

Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton, CO - 53

Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, CO - 52


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