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Survey Ranks Denver Hospitals for Care, Price

July 22, 2008
Survey Ranks Denver Hospitals For Care, Price Reporting Dr. Dave Hnida DENVER (CBS4) ― With the cost of medical care skyrocketing, a new survey helps people get the most from their healthcare dollars. It ranks hospitals in the Denver area by their quality of care and what they charge. "This is the first one that really says, 'Here's how to get more bang from your buck, good care without breaking the bank,'" CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said. And that may not seem like a big deal for those who have health insurance that picks up the tab. But what makes this ranking different is that it does look at quality, reputation and patient satisfaction. The Hospital Value Index analyzed information from a variety of sources and compiled their list of the best deals when it comes to health care in Denver. Ranking first was Denver Health Medical Center. "Denver Health scored very high in quality of care without charging an arm and a leg, meaning care was efficient without a lot of waste," Hnida said. Second on the list was Exempla Lutheran Medical Center. It scored very high in patient satisfaction as well as reputation in the community, Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton ranked third, followed by Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center at fourth. "This doesn't mean hospitals left off the list are poor choices if you need to be hospitalized," Hnida said. "The rankings simply show the top four provided the best care at the least cost, mainly by adopting practices to cut waste (and) unnecessary testing and by not charging $4 dollars for a Tylenol." It's believed if all hospitals cut the fat, the American health care system would save $273 billion a year. A choice of hospitals is going to be decided by insurance, or lack of insurance, convenience, location and where a patient's doctor practices. "I think some of the hospitals not in the top four are top notch," Hnida said. "And while this report is intended for consumers, I think a lot of hospital administrators are going to be looking at it as well."