Friday, January 26, 2007

Did you know that residents of North Carolina have a new website they can reference to compare hospitals statewide?

Check out! It compares the care hospitals provide to surgical patients, heart attack victims and pneumonia patients. The N.C. Hospital Association reported that North Carolina is the first state to launch such a site, which also rates hospitals across the state. They gather information from Medicare, then it compares hospital records to determine if patients improve while being treated at a particular facility. The hospitals are also rated based on their use of recognized medical practices that improve patient care, prevent infection, speed recovery and avoid complications.

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