Hospital reacts to low rating PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11
File photo. Doctors perform a Laparosopic Cholecystectomy at the Wood County Hospital. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A recent article in Consumer Reports giving low ratings to Wood County Hospital aren't telling the whole story, according to a hospital administrator.
"One of the things that has become very fashionable now is for parties to try to evaluate hospital care," said Wood County Hospital President Stan Korducki. "I can tell you it's not a simple thing."
"So, while I have a great deal of respect for Consumer Reports and have used it myself, I can tell you we have pulled apart their methodology for doing this one, and it's really, really inadequate."
The article, entitled "Your Safer-Surgery Survival Guide," appeared in the September issue of the magazine.
The article ranked more than 2,463 hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico - including 114 in Ohio - on how the institutions avoid "adverse events in Medicare patients during their hospital stay for surgery," according to the piece.
Specifically, "the ratings are based on the percentage of a hospital's surgery patients who died in the hospital or stayed longer than expected for their procedure."
The hospitals were ranked on a five-level scale, with Wood County ranking at the fourth, or second-lowest, level.
Mercy St. Anne Hospital and  ProMedica Toledo Hospital, both in Toledo, and ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Oregon, were other area hospitals with rankings in the same category.
No area hospital scored in the lowest category. Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, and Memorial Hospital, Fremont, scored higher, in the second level.
The data used was from the years 2009 through 2011.
"I would say, if one were going to be using that to make a judgment on hospitals, you probably would not have a fair and clear picture," said Korducki.
He pointed to statistics recently released by the U.S. Government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about Wood County Hospital for fiscal year 2014, specifically via the Value Based Purchasing Program, which determines hospital reimbursement.
The data used was from April through December, 2012.
Through that system "the government has been evaluating hospitals in a very, very precise way for the last four or five years now," he said.
In that rating, according to documents provided to the Sentinel-Tribune, Wood County received a 65.7 Total Performance Score, well above the state score of 48.9 and the national score of 46.5.
"We excelled in that assessment system, which is far broader than the Consumer Reports model," Korducki said, noting that the government survey data of patients and other measures "doesn't have some of the biases and statistical problems" he says the Consumer Reports data had.
"It is a fairly broad collection of statistical measures that we all participate in, that are put into a scorecard. And so the government is routinely updating that scorecard. That makes it very meaningful for everybody, because you can go online and actually see that data."
"And, again, this compares us to all the other hospitals in Northwest Ohio, all the other hospitals in the country."
"Our hospital is doing very well," said Korducki.
The latest government statistics are not yet available online publicly, but past data can be accessed via the website.

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