August 29, 2014

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 3/28/2014

"The differences between high-scoring hospitals and low-scoring ones can be a matter of life and death."

-- Dr. John Santa, medical director of Consumer Reports Health

A new review of hospital data by Consumer Reports shows St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of the worst in the nation for older patients when it comes to safety.

In the analysis of Medicare data for some 2,500 hospitals, St. Petersburg General, which is owned by for-profit chain HCA, received low scores for surgical deaths; bloodstream infections; communication with patients about their prescription drugs and appropriate use of CT scanning.

Out of an overall score of 100, St. Petersburg General received a 25, tying with three other hospitals for 10th worst in the nation.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

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