Consumer Reports Rates HRMC 8 out of 128 in Patient Safety

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Mon, May 14, 2018 -- Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System

In national rankings recently released, Consumer Reports ranked Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) number 8 in patient safety out of 128 hospitals in Kansas.

These ratings are based on a safety score compiled by Consumer Reports. The CR Safety Score is a composite of five key measures of patient safety: readmissions, complications, communication, overuse of CT scans, and infections.

Consumer Reports statistically adjust their data to account for differences in hospitals due to the types of patients they serve. Scores related to the chance of readmission and patient experience in surgery were adjusted based on the health status of the patients.

Other area hospitals ranked included:

  • 9 - Hays Medical Center
  • 11 - Salina Regional Health Center
  • 13 - Pratt Regional Medical Center
  • 20 - Wesley Medical Center of Wichita
  • 26 - McPherson Hospital
  • 28 - Susan B. Allen in El Dorado
  • 31 & 32 - Via Christi hospitals in Wichita

The scores are based on a 100 point scale. HRMC had a score of 62. The highest score in Kansas is a 68.

HRMC showed improvement in the following categories:

  • Avoiding bloodstream infections
  • Avoiding surgical site infections
  • Avoiding C.Difficile infections
  • Avoiding MRSA infections
  • Avoiding Readmissions
  • Communications about hospital discharge
  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Nurse-patient communication
  • Pain control
  • Help from hospital staff
  • Room cleanliness
  • Room quietness
  • Appropriate use of abdominal scanning
  • Appropriate use of chest scanning

To see the rankings for all Kansas facilities, visit