Here’s a report that makes me feel good about living in Michigan. Sure our economy is in the toilet, but at least we have decent hospitals:
A study released today by hospital rating organization HealthGrades shows that people in the nation’s highest-ranked hospitals (most of which are in the midwest) are 70% less likely to die than those in the lowest-ranked (most of which are in the south). The group looked at survival rates for 17 different problems or procedures, including stroke, heart attack, sepsis, and pneumonia.
The report rates hospitals on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, correcting for differences in services offered. According to the study authors:
If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 237,420 Medicare lives could have potentially been saved from 2005 to 2007. The region with the lowest overall risk-adjusted mortality rates was the East North Central region (IL, IN, MI, OH, and WI), while the East South Central region (AL, KY, MS, and TN) had the highest mortality rates.
[…] But there is just something so stark about a statistic showing that where you live means you’re 70 percent more likely to continue living if you go to the hospital. It brings home the reality of a crisis that’s only going to get worse.
I always figured there’d be a difference, but 70% does seem pretty high. You can read the full report at Health Grades.com.