Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Best Hospitals in Metro Portland - None of them in Clackamas Co.

A Wall Street Journal article on rating hospitals led me to which, as per the WSJ, is
... from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund (and) compares care at 4,500* hospitals nationwide, using data from Medicare's Hospital Compare Web site and the federal government's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.

So, here's the ranking, using all rating measures, scoring two As, seven Bs, one C and one Incomplete.

Grade A
  • 93.6% Providence St Vincent <-- Ranked 373rd/2,052 hospitals nationwide scored in the top 10% *
  • 93.0% Providence Portland
Grade B
  • 89.3% Kaiser Sunnyside
  • 88.9% Adventist
  • 86.9% OHSU
  • 85.4% Legacy Good Samaritan
  • 83.7% Legacy Meridian Park
  • 82.5% Tuality Community
  • 81.8% Legacy Emanuel

Grade C
  • 77.7% Willamette Falls

Grade Incomplete
  • Providence Milwaukie - despite having 77 beds, they could not, or did not, report 30 or more outcomes, so their data is incomplete.

You may not care about some of the measures... if you're going under the knife for knee surgery, you may not care if the staff if friendly. I do, but you can roll your own stats by going to and selecting your own things to rate by.

Now, here's more data. Click below to see all the graphs for all the above hospitals, trimmed and then concatenated, far sharper than the thumbnailed graphic would indicate.

* Obviously, there's a LOT of non-reporting going on, since the total count of hospitals is nowhere near the actual number of hospitals in the country. Why? Reporting is still voluntary. Ask your state legislator why.)

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