On Wednesday I shared a summary of Leapfrog’s report cards on several hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Here are the report cards published by the Leapfrog Group for two additional hospitals in our area of Virginia:
1. Memorial Hospital of Martinsville received a “C.” Infection problems included higher than average instances of MRSA and C. diff infections. Surgical problems included collapsed lungs. Poor communication about medicines to be given to patients and discharge orders were also below average.
2. LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski also received a “C.” The higher than average infection problems included urinary tract and C. diff infections. Surgical problems included collapsed lungs. Poor patient – doctor communications, patient falls, and a below average number of specially trained doctors stand out as problems.
3. Danville Regional Medical Center received a “C.” A higher than average rate of MRSA infections and below average surgical scores for death from serious but treatable complications, collapsed lungs, serious breathing problems, dangerous blood clots, and accidental cuts and tears accounted for this hospital’s grade.
Read the details of each hospital’s report here.
My Take: Folks who live in the cities of Martinsville, Bassett, Collinsville, Chatham, Gretna, and Danville, or the surrounding counties of Henry and Pittsylvania are not getting the medical care they deserve. Who wants “average” medical care? Not me.