By Amber Woods
Two Montgomery County hospitals rated among the top surgical hospitals in the nation, according to recently released ratings by Consumer Reports. Three county hospitals were given just OK ratings, that report said.
Consumer Reports released new data that was gathered by analyzing clinical records to check the results of 27 types of surgery in more than almost 2,500 hospitals and medical centers across the nation, including several in Maryland, according to WBAL.
In Montgomery County, the highest overall ratings were given to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.
Shady Grove Adventist in Rockville, MedStar Montgomery Hospital Center in Olney and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring each received a mediocre rating.
Various factors were considered by Consumer Reports, but the ratings focused on the percentage of Medicare patients who died or who stayed longer than expected after a procedure because of complications.
Consumer Reports teamed with MPA, a health care consulting firm with expertise in analyzing medical claims and clinical records, to establish the data.
The project used billing claims that hospitals submitted to Medicare for patients 65 and older, from 2009 through 2011,according to Consumer Reports.The full report features a scaled rating of all hospitals in the country.