Teaching Hospitals Rank Below National Average in Consumer Reports Study

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Peter’s is the highest ranking hospital for safety issues in the metro area, according to a new study by Consumer Reports Magazine. The hospitals were judged on a number of factors, including re-admissions, complications and infections.

On a zero to one hundred scale, Barnes Jewish St. Peter’s earned a 61 followed by Barnes Jewish West County with a 59. The national average score was 49.

At the bottom of the local list — St. Louis University Hospital, which got a 30.

But according to St. Louis University Hospital spokesman Jason Merrill, the rankings put some hospitals at a disadvantage. “Academic medical centers, like St. Louis University Hospital, or hospitals who see the sickest of the sick.”

Merrill says teaching hospitals see patients that are not typically seen at community hospitals.

“So these are things that when you have patients that are sicker, who are going to be a patient longer, these are things that impact those scores.”

Consumer Reports Senior Editor Joel Keehn says two thirds of all teaching hospitals in the nation finished below average in this study which is very worrisome.

“Teaching hospitals are sort of expected to set the standard for hospitals. So you see, you would hope that the safety at those places would be better than they are,” said Keehn.

Another teaching hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital also ranked below the national average at 41.

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