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Saint Francis Named Among “Best Hospitals for Surgery” by Consumer Reports

By Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

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Hartford, CT - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center was one of two statewide hospitals to receive the highest ranking available by Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center in their “Best Hospitals for Surgery” Ratings report appearing in the September issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Of the almost 2,500 hospitals rated by Consumer Reports in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center received not only the highest overall surgery Rating in state rankings, it was also named among the top five U.S. hospitals that perform the safest knee and hip replacement surgeries, and the only hospital rated in these two categories in the state.

“Consumer Reports ‘Best Hospitals for Surgery Ratings’ highlight our ongoing commitment to quality patient care at Saint Francis, as well as providing another source of information for patients to make informed choices before surgery,” stated Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “These ratings provide useful insights, and we hope patients will examine our highly acclaimed specialties when making choices for surgery,” Dadlez said.

Consumer Reports grouped the 86 most common surgical procedures into 27 different categories, which were combined into an overall surgery Rating. It also developed separate Ratings for five of those procedures including coronary angioplasty, carotid artery surgery, back surgery, hip replacement, and knee replacement.

“Consumers have very little to go on when trying to select a hospital for surgery, not knowing which ones do a good job at keeping surgery patients safe and which ones don’t,” said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project. “Our new surgery Ratings are part of an ongoing effort to shed light on hospital quality and to push the health care industry toward more transparency.”

Consumer Reports new surgery Ratings survey, its first-ever report of this kind, is part of an ongoing effort to shed light on hospital quality and provide patients and their families with information to make informed decisions. The data, which are intended to provide information to help consumers compare hospitals with respect to patient outcomes following common scheduled surgeries, come from billing and other administrative data submitted by hospitals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) between 2009 and 2011. Hospitals were rated on the percentage of Medicare patients undergoing surgery who die in the hospital or stay longer than expected.

For more information on this report, please see attached link

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