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How safe is your preferred hospital? Two reports examine infection rates, overall safety

By - Last modified: November 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

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Pennsylvania hospitals just got a couple of report cards.

One is from state Department of Health, which focused on health-care-associated infections.

"The overall findings for 2011 show a continued pattern of steady decline in the incidence of HAIs in Pennsylvania," the report said. It estimated at least $34 million in direct health care cost savings as a result in just the past two years.

In the three major categories of HAIs, the percentages of the declines reported in 2011 were as follows: Catheter-associated urinary tract infections, 9.4 percent; central line-associated bloodstream infections, 4.3 percent; and selected types of surgical site infections, 5.9 percent.

The DOH report also mentioned influenza vaccination. Information hospitals voluntarily submitted indicated the following vaccination rates: Hospital employees, 72 percent; licensed independent practitioners, 67 percent; volunteers, 66 percent. Only 19 percent of the hospitals achieved 90 percent or better coverage, which has been set as a goal by 2020.

Area hospitals' crude infection rates per 1,000 patient days are in the following chart. The results are not adjusted for factors such as the type and intensity of care, size of the facility or differences in patient populations.

HospitalCrude infection rate
Carlisle Regional Medical Center0.95
Chambersburg Hospital2.18
Ephrata Community Hospital1.28
Gettysburg Hospital1.93
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg0.65
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of York3.49
Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center3.74
Holy Spirit Hospital1.89
Lancaster General Hospital2.32
Lancaster Regional Medical Center2.74
Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital1.02
LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg1.72
Memorial Hospital York3.26
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center3.82
Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation LLC2.41
PinnacleHealth Hospitals2.68
Select Specialty Hospital York3.90
Select Specialty Hospital Camp Hill3.14
The Good Samaritan Hospital1.80
York Hospital2.95
State2.22

The second report is from national nonprofit organization The Leapfrog Group, which used 26 measures of hospital safety to compile a single letter grade. The measures include computerized physician order entry, intensive care unit physician staffing, nursing workforce, hand hygiene, accidental puncture or laceration, and catheter removal.

Leapfrog graded 2,618 general hospitals in its most recent report, of which 790 earned an A, 678 earned a B, 1,004 earned a C, 121 earned a D, and 25 earned an F.

Local results:

Hospital nameGrade
Carlisle Regional Medical CenterC
Chambersburg HospitalC
Ephrata Community HospitalC
Gettysburg HospitalA
Good Samaritan HospitalC
Holy Spirit HospitalA
Lancaster General HospitalB
Lancaster Regional Medical CenterC
Memorial Hospital YorkC
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterC
PinnacleHealth at Community General Osteopathic HospitalC
PinnacleHealth at Harrisburg HospitalC
York HospitalC
Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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