Choosing the right hospital to receive care from, whether it is for an emergency that has arisen or to have a non-invasive procedure performed, is important as you want to be sure that the hospital has high ratings and is known to provide outstanding care to its patients. If you live in Maryland, you will be happy to know that two of the hospitals located in the state have received Healthgrades’ “America’s Best Hospitals Award” for 2018. These two hospitals, Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center and Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital both located in Baltimore, were ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation. So, what does this mean exactly?
According to Patch.com, when a hospital receives this award, it means they “have superior clinical outcomes across the majority of common inpatient conditions and procedures.” Heathgrades highlighted that “these hospitals sustained their performance for at least five consecutive years” which indicates they are providing consistent care at or above the standard level of care. Franklin Square Medical Center has been ranked among the top 50 hospitals for vascular surgery and top 100 for gastrointestinal care, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and stroke care for 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital has been recognized among the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. for general surgery.
Still, you need to be aware of the conditions these hospitals subject their patients to.
While it’s nice to know that Baltimore, Maryland is home to some of the best hospitals in the nation, don’t let these high-ratings fool you. There are still plenty of facilities in Baltimore as well as other cities that have been recognized for their negligence. Just last year, a Baltimore County jury awarded the family of a Mt. Airy man $596,000 after the man died of colon cancer. According to the lawsuit, the “doctor failed to follow-up on an unexplained case of anemia, which the family claims should have led to an earlier cancer diagnosis” [Source: The Daily Record].
WTOP reported that just a few months back, a scorecard that was released by nonprofit health watchdog Leapfrog indicated that only one hospital in the state of Maryland received an A. The scorecard assigns grades to hospitals based on a variety of criteria that determines how safe patients are at the hospitals from preventable harm or medical errors. The scorecard contained B’s for six of Maryland’s hospitals in Baltimore and D.C., C’s for 14 hospitals, and D’s for six medical facilities.
Although we are sometimes forced to visit the closest hospital when an emergency arises, there are other times where we should take the time to consider which hospital is going to be best to perform a specific type of procedure, even if it requires you to travel. Sadly, there are too many cases of medical malpractice occurring that leave innocent people injured or worse-dead. Rather than become another victim simply because you didn’t want to travel might not be worth it. So, the next time you find yourself needing to go to the hospital, take these ratings into consideration along with the research you have conducted to determine which facility is best to provide you or a loved one with treatment.