Thank you to Paul Payne of the The Press Democrat, for his report today on the ratings of seven Sonoma County Hospitals, by the non-profit Niagara Health Quality Coalition. The report cards were based on California Department of Health records for 2007, and covered 36 different procedures and conditions, as well as hospital errors and mortality rates.
A one-star rating indicates worse than average outcomes, two stars for average, and three stars were given for better than average. There was no overall grade.
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa was the only hospital in Sonoma County to receive three one-star below average ratings, for acute stroke mortality, birth trauma for infants, and post-operative hip fractures.
Cue KP’s PRBS response:
“To get the full picture of Kaiser Permanente’s superior quality, it’s important to review and balance both inpatient and outpatient ratings, and health plan services,” spokesman Carl Campbell said in a statement.
Right, because as long as they don’t harm every patient every day, then quality is “superior.” Superior to what, we ask? Of the seven hospitals rated, KP Santa Rosa had the highest number of below average ratings. Way to spin it, spokesliars, but somehow we doubt that statement will be a big comfort to pregnant mothers due to give birth at the Santa Rosa facility in the near future.
The complete Niagara Health Quality Coalition report card is available on the myHealthFinder.com website.