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Quality Report

This report is based on information from Hospital Compare, a website created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) along with the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). The HQA is a public-private collaboration established to promote reporting on hospital quality of care.

Information about Hospital Performance

Hospital performance rates tell you the proportion of cases where a hospital provided the recommended process of care. Only patients meeting the inclusion criteria for a measure are included in the calculation of the rate for a measure. A rate of 88% means that the hospital provided the recommended process of care 88% of the time. For example, the rates for initial antibiotic timing tell you the percentage of patients who received their first dose of antibiotics within four hours of arrival to the hospital. The ultimate goal for all measures listed is 100%. Hospitals with effective quality improvement programs are continually working toward this goal. The information posted on this website comes from the quality data submitted by hospitals to the QIO Clinical Data Warehouse for inpatient discharges. Except where noted, all measures reflect six months of experience, January to June 2004.

The name of the quality measure.

The name of the condition of the corresponding quality measure.

Number of Patients
The size of the data sample for the hospital quality measure.

Hospital Footnotes
The numbers of footnotes that are associated with the hospital's score for the quality measure.  Click column header for a pop-up with footnote definitions.

Hospital Score
The score that the hospital achieved for the quality measure.  The score is expressed as a percentage of the sample size that was measured.

National Average
The average score achieved by all hospitals in the nation for the quality measure.

State Average
The average score achieved by all hospitals in the state for the quality measure.

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