ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new report from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition sheds some light on the quality of care offered at local hospitals.

For the first time, two St. Louis hospitals – SSM DePaul Health Center and Christian Hospital – reported zero surgical site infections for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery in 2011, the most recent year available.

In other findings, the heart attack 30-day readmission rates decreased for 15 of 23 area hospitals during 2011.

A dozen area hospitals received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog group, a national patient safety organization, as part of its Hospital Safety Score program. Four local hospitals were given “B” grades and nine received a “C”.

Medicare has just begun paying for better hospital quality. The new Business Health Coalition report shows 16 area hospitals earned small financial rewards for improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction in 2011 but 11 will have their payments reduced.

Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan achieved the highest recommended care score and the highest bonus for all hospitals listed in the St. Louis region.


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