October 2, 2014

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Consumer Reports rates Medina Hospital

MEDINA — Medina Hospital is rated better than average in a national study focusing on how medical centers handle Medicare patients during and after surgery.

The hospital was the only one in Medina County in the study released by Consumer Reports magazine Wednesday.

“Specifically, the ratings are based on the percentage of a hospital’s surgery patients who died in the hospital or stayed longer than expected for their procedure,” the magazine reported. “Research shows those measures are correlated with complications, and some hospitals themselves use this approach to monitor quality.”

The ratings were on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Medina Hospital had a score of 4.

Dr. Tom Tulisiak, president of Medina Hospital, said he was proud of the ranking.

“Any time you get a very high rating, we’re certainly proud of it,” Tulisiak said. “Quality and patient safety are continued focuses for us. We have a great group of surgeons here, and great nurses, too.”

The survey is important, he said, because it gives the community the means to knowledgeably choose which is the best hospital for a particular ailment.

Consumer Reports rated 2,463 U.S. hospitals nationwide on the results of five surgical procedures: back, hip and knee replacement, angioplasty and carotid artery surgery.

Area hospitals that scored better than Medina Hospital include Parma Community General Hospital and Samaritan Regional Health System in Ashland.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and Euclid Hospital received the same score as Medina.

Average scores were assigned to the main Cleveland Clinic, EMH Elyria Medical Center and Summa Health System in Akron.

Akron General Medical Center and Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland received lower than average scores, and Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland received a score of 1.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.