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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: April 2014    CoxHealth scores high in patient safety quality by national magazine
CoxHealth scores high in patient safety quality by national magazine

For immediate release
April 4, 2014

For a second year in a row, CoxHealth is standing out as a high performer in the latest hospital rating by Consumer Reports magazine.

CoxHealth scored above average among more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals on five key measures, giving consumers a way to compare hospitals on patient safety. The categories that make up the Consumer Reports’ hospital Safety Score include mortality, readmissions, overuse of CT scans, hospital-acquired infections and communication. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by Consumer Reports for our efforts to provide safe and high quality care to our patients,” says Vicki Good, administrative director of Patient Safety at CoxHealth. “This demonstrates the commitment of our staff to being the best for those that need us with every single interaction with our patients. We look forward to seeing our score continue to rise as we know that there are numerous efforts on all campuses within CoxHealth dedicated to improving all of the areas rated by Consumer Reports.”

The data for all of the safety score components are the most recent available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Mortality, readmission, and scanning apply to patients 65 or older; communication, to all adults; and hospital-acquired infections, to all ages. Data for hospital-acquired infections is reported by hospitals to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), then to the public through CMS's website (Hospital Compare).

The article is available in the May issue of Consumer Reports. The full database of all rated hospitals, sortable by state and city or county is available to online subscribers only.

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