Ranking Hospitals by Mistakes and Adverse Outcomes


The table below ranks major hospitals in the US by the number of severe mistakes and adverse outcomes experienced by their patients. Hospitals are ranked separately within each area code, to make it easy to find the best hospital near you.

The ranking is based on the percentage by which the number of mistakes and adverse outcomes of a hospital exceeds the national average. A negative percentage indicates that this hospital had fewer mistakes and adverse outcomes than the national average. A more negative percentage indicate a better hospital. A more positive percentage indicates a worse hospital.




The ranking was derived from data reported by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The table includes only hospitals with a statistically significant number of patients and for whom all data was reported.

The mistakes and adverse outcomes included in the ranking are:

Air Bubbles in the Bloodstream

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections

Deaths from serious treatable complications after surgery

Collapsed lung due to medical treatment

Breathing failure after surgery

Serious blood clots after surgery

A wound that splits open after surgery

Accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment

Death after surgery to repair a weakness in the abdominal aorta

Death after admission for broken hip




30-Day Deaths from Heart Attack

30-Day Deaths from Heart Failure

Blood infection from a catheter in a large vein

Falls and injuries

Infection from a Urinary Catheter

Mismatched blood types

Objects Accidentally Left in the Body After Surgery



Severe pressure sores (bed sores)

Signs of Uncontrolled Blood Sugar

Data about the percent of patients who reported NO, they would not recommend the hospital, was also incorporated.

Better hospitals have a lower (or more negative) “percent over average”.

State area code Hospital Name City percent over average
AL 205 ST VINCENT’S BIRMINGHAM BIRMINGHAM 3
AL 205 BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER-PRINCETON BIRMINGHAM 8
AL 205 TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER BIRMINGHAM 22
AL 205 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL BIRMINGHAM 33




AL 251 PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL MOBILE 20
AL 251 MOBILE INFIRMARY MOBILE 21
AL 256 HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL HUNTSVILLE 10
AL 334 SOUTHEAST ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER DOTHAN 2
AL 334 EAST ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER AND SNF OPELIKA 17
AL 334 BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH MONTGOMERY 19
AL 334 FLOWERS HOSPITAL DOTHAN 22
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