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||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|