Wyoming Hospitals Score Low on Nationwide Test
Hospitals are not transparent by nature. They don’t share their safety records with the public, and they do not like to admit it when they make mistakes. They’re businesses, and while we hope they have good motives, we know the administrators make a lot of money.
So, into this culture came the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, using a broad range of factors to determine how “good” a hospital is. CMS looks at a variety of factors, from patient medical complications to the price for services to the value of care. It’s been over a year since CMS last released its ratings of medical centers in the United States, and now, the results are in for 2019. One star is the worst rating; five stars the best.
We’ll let the Gillette News Record sum it up: “In Wyoming, 18 facilities were rated. Two received two stars, nine — including Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center — were given three stars, and six were rated at four.” It was not an impressive showing for the Cowboy State, though we have to applaud St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson for getting the only five-star rating in Wyoming!
Wyoming Medical Center scored below average on “payments” for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and hip replacements. It also had a worse death rate for heart failure patients, but scored better than the national average for expecting mothers whose deliveries were scheduled too early. Unfortunately, almost all Wyoming hospitals had a low ranking for “patient satisfaction.”
The WMC spokeswoman said the center had no comment on the CMS ratings.
Clearly, there is room for improvement in Wyoming hospitals. Still, we can’t live without them, and we’re thankful we have hospitals to take care of us when things go wrong.
After you’ve been in a traumatic crash, you go to the emergency room. Whether you were delivered by ambulance to the intensive care unit (ICU), or had to schedule a visit with your doctor right away to get checked out, you’ll be using the services of a medical center. This is the best move you can make: getting medical treatment helps you fully recover after a personal injury incident. Also, you are creating a paper trail proving that you have injuries. This will help when you file a claim against the person who caused your accident.
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