Carmel, CA California Has Some Of The Safest Hospitals : Compare CHOMP Versus Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital : View From A Private Duty Caregiverby Richard Kuehn on 10/26/12
There has been a constant stream of horror stories in the press about hospital safety. I was happy to read that the latest report from Healthgrades found that California has some of the safest hospitals in the country, second only to Arizona. States were graded on how their hospitals did in four categories which account for 54% of all hospital deaths (coronary artery bypass graft, heart attack, pneumonia and sepsis). During the period measured (2005-2011), it was found that patients have a 55% lower risk of dying when treated in the best hospitals and 42% lower risk of experiencing a complication. I would encourage you to go to healthgrades.com and noodle around the web site. It has very specific ratings. You can look at quality ratings on an appendectomy at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital versus Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), for instance. It allows you to analyze patient safety versus clinical quality and patient experience. You can even find and compare ratings on individual doctors locally. The site is free, and it has a lot of great information.