Top 62 Hospitals Where Staff Always Explain Meds Before Giving Them to Patients

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Here is a list of 62 non-specialty, acute-care hospitals with the highest percentage of patients who reported in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey that staff "always" explained about medicines before giving it to them.

Note: The list is based on HCAHPS survey results reported in CMS' Hospital Compare database and covers the period October 2010 through September 2011. HCAHPS allows patients to rate line items relating to their patient care experience. This particular metric covers questions 16 and 17 in the survey, which ask, respectively, how often hospital staff told patients what any new medicine was for before administering it, and how often staff described possible side effects of any new medicine in a way patients could understand before giving it to them.

Some hospitals were excluded from this list for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to having fewer than 100 patients complete the HCAHPS survey. Surgical and specialty hospitals were not included on the list.

1. Central Valley Medical Center (Nephi, Utah) — 91 percent
2. Westlake Regional Hospital (Columbia, Ky.) — 90 percent
3. Patients' Hospital of Redding (Calif.) — 87 percent
4. Citizens Medical Center (Columbia, La.) — 85 percent
4. Richland Parish Hospital (Delhi, La.) — 85 percent
6. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf (Port Saint Joe, Fla.) — 82 percent
7. Richardson Medical Center (Rayville, La.) — 81 percent
8. Henry County Hospital (Napoleon, Ohio) — 80 percent
9. West Carroll Memorial Hospital (Oak Grove, La.) — 79 percent
9. Integris Marshall County Medical Center (Madill, Okla.) — 79 percent
11. Jackson (Ala.) Medical Center — 78 percent
11. Treasure Valley Hospital (Boise, Idaho) — 78 percent
11. Morgan County ARH Hospital (West Liberty, Kan.) — 78 percent
11. Marion General Hospital (Columbia, Miss.) — 78 percent
11. Choctaw Nation Health Care Center (Talihina, Okla.) — 78 percent
11. Baptist Memorial Hospital Huntingdon (Tenn.) — 78 percent
17. Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (Lake City, Iowa) — 77 percent
17. Fairway Medical Center (Covington, La.) — 77 percent
17. Calhoun Health Services (Calhoun City, Miss.) — 77 percent
17. Memorial Hospital Lafayette City (Darlington, Wis.) — 77 percent
17. Sacred Heart Hospital (Tomahawk, Wis.) — 77 percent
17. Black River Memorial Hospital (Black River Falls, Wis.) — 77 percent
17. Cumberland (Wis.) Memorial Hospital — 77 percent
17. Houston Physicians' Hospital (Webster, Texas) — 77 percent
25. Fayette (Ala.) Medical Center — 76 percent
25. St. Joseph Memorial Hospital (Murphysboro, Ill.) — 76 percent
25. Physicians' Medical Center (New Albany, Ind.) — 76 percent
25. St. Elizabeth Grant (Williamstown, Ky.) — 76 percent
25. Physicians Medical Center (Houma, La.) — 76 percent
25. St. Francis Memorial Hospital (West Point, Neb.) — 76 percent
25. University Hospitals Conneaut (Ohio) Medical Center — 76 percent
25. Barnwell (S.C.) County Hospital — 76 percent
25. Decatur County General Hospital (Parsons, Tenn.) — 76 percent
25. Pecos County Memorial Hospital (Fort Stockton, Texas) — 76 percent
25. Reeves County Hospital District (Pecos, Texas) — 76 percent
36. Chilton Medical Center (Clanton, Ala.) — 75 percent
36. Georgiana (Ala.) Hospital — 75 percent
36. Mariners Hospital (Tavernier, Fla.) — 75 percent
36. St. Vincent Frankfort (Ind.) Hospital — 75 percent
36. Willis Knighton Bossier Health Center (Bossier City, La.) — 75 percent
36. Bigfork (Minn.) Valley Hospital — 75 percent
42. Pickens County Medical Center (Carrollton, Ala.) — 74 percent
42. Hillsboro (Ill.) Area Hospital — 74 percent
42. Gibson General Hospital (Princeton, Ind.) — 74 percent
42. Belmond (Iowa) Medical Center — 74 percent
42. Desoto Regional Health System (Mansfield, La.) — 74 percent
42. Minden (La.) Medical Center — 74 percent
42. Doctors Hospital at Deer Creek (Leesville, La.) — 74 percent
42. Lady of the Sea General Hospital (Cut Off, La.) — 74 percent
42. Vidant Edgecombe Hospital (Tarboro, N.C.) — 74 percent
42. Hocking Valley Community Hospital (Logan, Ohio) — 74 percent
42. Abbeville (S.C.) Area Medical Center — 74 percent
42. Lead-Deadwood (S.D.) Regional Hospital — 74 percent
42. Mobridge (S.D.) Regional Hospital — 74 percent
42. Falls Community Hospital and Clinic (Marlin, Texas) — 74 percent
42. Coulee Community Hospital (Grand Coulee, Wash.) — 74 percent
42. Mayo Clinic Health System-Chippewa Valley (Bloomer, Wis.) — 74 percent
42. Ladd Memorial Hospital (Osceola, Wis.) — 74 percent
42. Vernon Memorial Hospital (Viroqua, Wis.) — 74 percent
42. Upland Hills Health (Dodgeville, Wis.) — 74 percent
42. Mountain View Regional Hospital (Casper, Wyo.) — 74 percent
42. USMD Hospital at Fort Worth (Texas) — 74 percent

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