MANKATO — Consumer Reports has ranked Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato as one of the safest hospitals in Minnesota.
The hospital was listed as No. 9 out of about 150 hospitals ranked in the state.
Consumer Reports used a 100-point scale based on patient survey results, assessments of data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, and state government and Leapfrog Group data in six categories: re-admissions, hospital-acquired infections, CT scan overuse, communication about new medications and discharge, complications and mortality.
The Mankato hospital was issued a score of 61. The top two hospitals — Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury and St. Marys Hospital in Rochester — received a score of 65.
Dr. Greg Kutcher, president and CEO of the Southwest Minnesota region of Mayo Clinic Health System, listed a number of improvements he believes contributed to the ranking, as well as quality patient care overall. Top on his list was aligning the hospital with the Mayo Clinic’s strategy and culture, which has transformed the delivery of health care, he said.
Kutcher said the training of physicians and staff has improved, and the conversion to electronic health records has streamlined the experience for hospital workers and patients.
“The overriding thing for us is we think we’ve been on a path for a number of years to try and improve care practices as a region and as part of the Mayo (system),” Kutcher said.
He said there are numerous agencies and organizations that use diverse criteria to rank hospitals. The Consumer Reports ranking is affirmation that the hospital is on the right path, he said. But the hospital follows its “true north” when carving out its path for progress, which is a quality, regional approach to patient-centered care for all the populations in the area.
“I’m very proud of our staff,” he said. “A lot of our efforts (include) a team throughout the region. We have community board members that help us figure out how to deliver care in a community setting. We’re very grateful for that.”
Consumer Reports assessed safety performances at 1,159 hospitals in 44 states.
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