Aurora Medical Center in Summit scores well for safety, respect

Special to The Freeman

Jan. 16, 2015

SUMMIT — According to an online report by Consumer Reports, Aurora Medical Center in Summit ranks high as a safe facility.

The report from the February 2015 Consumer Reports edition lists the Summit facility as one of 32 U.S. hospitals that received a safety score higher than 60 on a scale of 1 to 100. The 2,591 hospitals scored also were evaluated on patient experience.

“An analysis of our data found that higher patient-experience scores are linked to higher hospital-safety scores and vice versa. (Many of the elements of respectful treatment are reflected in patient experience measures.),” according to the report.

Safety scores are based on factors such as mortality rates, infection rates and hospital readmissions. Patient-experience scores include doctor- and nurse-patient communication, clarity of discharge instructions and patients’ overall impression of the hospital, according to the report.

The hospitals that received a safety score higher than 60 earned the two highest ratings in at least eight of nine patient-experience measures, and did not get a low score in any of them. Scores are based on January 2014 data from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and are updated periodically.

Aurora Medical Center in Summit received a score of 61.

To see the report, go to www.consumerreports.org.