Outcome of Care

At University Health Care System, patients are our priority, and we take pride in the care we provide. To monitor the quality of that care, we track specific quality measures and compare them to benchmark measures at local levels. We publish these quality measures so you can draw your own conclusions regarding your health care choices. Our comparison numbers are from Hospital Compare, an online tool provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. For additional detailed information choose the "click for details" buttons on the left. The data was updated by CMS on July 21, 2021, and are produced from Medicare claims and enrollment data using sophisticated statistical modeling techniques that adjust for patient-level risk factors and account for the clustering of patients within hospitals.

Hospital Mortality (Death) Rates

What does this show you? One way to tell whether a hospital is doing a good job is to find out whether patients admitted to the hospital have death (mortality) rates that are lower (better) than the U.S. National Rate, about the same as the U.S. National Rate, or higher (worse) than the U.S. National Rate, given how sick they were when they were admitted to the hospital. The information on this website shows how the 30-day risk-adjusted-rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia at area hospitals compared to the U.S. National Rate.

"30-Day Mortality" is when patients die within 30 days of their admission to a hospital. Below, the death rates for each hospital are compared to the U.S. National Rate. The rates take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.

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Death Rate for Heart Attack Patients No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Death Rate for Heart Attack Patients tells you how the 30-day death rates from Heart Attacks at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Death Rate for Heart Attack Patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in death rates that might be due to chance.
Death Rate for Heart Failure Patients No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Death Rate for Heart Failure Patients tells you how the 30-day death rates from Heart Failure at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Death Rate for Heart Failure Patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in death rates that might be due to chance.
Death Rate for Pneumonia Patients No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate Worse than the national rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Death Rate for Pneumonia Patients tells you how the 30-day death rates from Pneumonia at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Death Rate for Pneumonia Patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in death rates that might be due to chance.

 

Hospital Readmission Rates

What does this show you? "Readmission" is when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to go back into a hospital again. Medicare looks at how many patients need to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their discharge. The information on this website tells you how area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Rate of Readmission for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia patients. Each hospital's rate of readmission is risk-adjusted, meaning it takes into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital for heart attack.

"30-Day Readmission" is when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to go back into a hospital again within 30 days of their discharge. Below, the rates of readmission for each hospital are compared to the U.S. National Rate. The rates take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.

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Readmission Rate for Heart Attack Patients No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Rate of Readmission for Heart Failure Patients tell you how the 30-day readmission rates from Heart Failure at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Rate of Readmission for Heart Failure Patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in readmission rates that might be due to chance.
Readmission Rate for Heart Failure Patients No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Rate of Readmission for Heart Failure Patients tell you how the 30-day readmission rates from Heart Failure at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Rate of Readmission for Heart Failure Patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in readmission rates that might be due to chance.
Readmission Rate for Pneumonia Patients Worse Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Rate of Readmission for Pneumonia Patients tell you how the 30-day readmission rates from Pneumonia at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Rate of Readmission for Pneumonia Patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in readmission rates that might be due to chance.
Readmission Rate After Hip/Knee Surgery No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different than the National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Rate of Readmission for Hip/Knee Surgery Patients tell you how the 30-day readmission rates from those surgeries at area hospitals compare to the U.S. National Rate of Readmission for hip/knee surgery patients. These comparisons take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital and differences in readmission rates that might be due to chance.
Readmission Rate After Hospital Discharge No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
Rates of readmission show whether a hospital is doing its best to prevent complications, provide clear discharge instructions to patients, and ensure patients make a smooth transition to their home or another setting such as a nursing home.
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Hospital Complication Rates

What does this show you? Patients who are admitted to the hospital for treatment of medical problems sometimes get other serious injuries, complications, or conditions, and may even die. Some patients may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be admitted to the hospital again. These events can often be prevented if hospitals follow best practices for treating patients.

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Complication Rate for Hip/Knee Replacement Patients No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
Serious Complications No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
Patient deaths with serious treatable complications after surgery No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
Central line-associated bloodstream infections Better than the national benchmark Worse than the national benchmark Better than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
Cather-associated urinary tract infections in ICU/select wards No different than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark Better than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
Surgical site infections from abdominal hysterectomy No different than the national benchmark Worse than the national benchmark Better than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
MRSA blood infections No different than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark No different than the national benchmark No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
C.diff intestinal infections Better than the national benchmark Worse than the national benchmark Better than the national benchmark Better than the national benchmark No Different Than U.S. National Rate
 
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Please note: The information presented on this website is in no way a guarantee of results. Please talk with your physician if you have questions or concerns about your care at University Hospital.