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Consumer Reports Releases Hospital Ratings Based On Surgical Care

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For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery.

The numbers show that big name hospitals don't always live up to their reputation when it comes to these ratings.

The new data looked at nearly 2,500 hospitals in all 50 states.

The overall score combines more than two dozen categories of scheduled surgeries as well as individual ratings for specific procedures.

The procedures range from back surgery, to hip and knee replacement, angioplasty and surgery on the carotid artery.

The results are based on the percentage of patients who died in the hospital or stayed longer than expected.

Research shows that mortality and length of stay are directly connected to complications.

Some hospitals actually use this approach to monitor quality of care.

Of the 32 hospitals in the Philadelphia area, two earned Consumer Reports' second-highest overall surgery rating, Doylestown Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

No Philadelphia hospital earned Consumer Reports' highest rating.

Four Philadelphia-area hospitals earned our lowest overall surgery rating: Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill; Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia; St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton; and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Up to 30 percent of hospital patients suffer infections, heart attacks, strokes, or other complications after surgery.

And although hospitals are required to report to government agencies to see how they stack up against one another, vital safety information remains largely hidden from consumers.

FOX 29's Dawn Timmeney broke down the report for us Wednesday morning in the above video report.

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