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Two Abilene hospitals get very different Consumer Reports rankings

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 23 2013 07:40:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 23 2013 09:38:36 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene Regional Medical Center recently received honors for top-notch care of patients during and after surgery.

Consumer Reports ranks hospitals in all 50 states based on the percentage of Medicare patients who died there or stayed longer than expected for a procedure.

Abilene Regional received the highest possible ranking.

The ratings are based on an analysis of claims hospitals submit to Medicare. This study went from 2009 to 2011 and addressed patients 65 or older.

Hendrick Medical Center received the lowest possible ranking in the same study.

Director of Performance Improvement for Hendrick, Gaye Hay, said that because the survey focused only on two pieces of data: length of stay due to complications and mortality, it was too limited.

The hospital believes the limited data does not represent the level of care the hospital provides as a whole.

They said relying on the information of a private physician, experiences of family and friends or contacting the hospital directly with questions would give a more accurate picture.