49 hospitals with the best staff-to-patient medicine explanation practices

The following is a list of hospitals for which 79 percent or more of patients reported on their HCAHPS surveys that staff "always" explained medications before giving them to the patients.

Data were pulled from Hospital Compare and is from January 2014 through December 2014, the most recent data available.

For reference, the national average rate for patients reporting that staff "always" explained medications before giving them to the patients is 65 percent.

Note: Hospitals with insufficient data, such as having fewer than 100 completed surveys, were excluded.

Westlake Regional Hospital (Columbia, Ky.) — 97 percent

Citizens Medical Center (Columbia, La.) — 86 percent

Beacham Memorial Hospital (Magnolia, Miss.) — 86 percent

Sugar Land (Texas) Surgical Hospital — 86 percent

St. Luke's McCall (Idaho) Medical Center — 85 percent

OakLeaf Surgical Hospital (Altoona, Wis.) — 85 percent

Fayette (Ala.) Medical Center — 84 percent

Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital Kingwood (Texas) — 84 percent

Patients' Hospital of Redding (Calif.) — 83 percent

DeSoto Regional Health System (Mansfield, La.) — 83 percent

Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital (Alexandria) — 83 percent

Advanced Surgical Hospital (Washington, Pa.) — 83 percent

Quail Creek Surgical Hospital (Amarillo, Texas) — 83 percent

Lady of the Sea General Hospital (Cut Off, La.) — 82 percent

Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin (Glendale) — 82 percent

Emanuel Medical Center (Swainsboro, Ga.) — 81 percent

Surgical Hospital at Southwoods (Youngstown, Ohio) — 81 percent

Marlboro Park Hospital (Bennettsville, S.C.) — 81 percent

Coleman (Texas) County Medical Center Company — 81 percent

East Texas Medical Center Quitman — 81 percent

St. Joseph's Hospital (Breese, Ill.) — 80 percent

Manhattan (Kan.) Surgical Hospital — 80 percent

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center (Mount Vernon, Ky.) — 80 percent

Lafayette (La.) Surgical Specialty Hospital — 80 percent

Pender Memorial Hospital (Burgaw, N.C.) — 80 percent

Sioux Falls (S.D.) Specialty Hospital — 80 percent

Black Hills Surgical Hospital (Rapid City, S.D.) — 80 percent

Rollins Brook Community Hospital (Lampasas, Texas.) — 80 percent

Ladd Memorial Hospital (Osceola, Wis.) — 80 percent

Aspirus Medford (Wis.) Hospital & Clinics — 80 percent

Black River Memorial Hospital (Black River Falls, Wis.) — 80 percent

USMD Hospital at Fort Worth (Texas) — 80 percent

Heritage Park Surgical Hospital (Sherman, Texas) — 80 percent

Mariners Hospital (Tavernier, Fla.) — 79 percent

Abraham Lincoln (Ill.) Memorial Hospital — 79 percent

Union County Hospital (Anna, Ill.) — 79 percent

Saint Joseph Martin (Ky.) Hospital — 79 percent

Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge (La.) — 79 percent

Heart Hospital of Lafayette (La.) — 79 percent

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana (Baton Rouge, La.) — 79 percent

North Carolina Specialty Hospital (Durham) — 79 percent

Surgical Specialty Center at Coordinated Health (Allentown, Pa.) — 79 percent

Dakota Plains Surgical Center (Aberdeen, S.D.) — 79 percent

Wellmont Hawkins County Memorial Hospital (Rogersville, Tenn.) — 79 percent

Parkview Regional Hospital (Mexia, Texas) — 79 percent

Tyler County Hospital (Woodville, Texas) — 79 percent

Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital (Luling, Texas) — 79 percent

Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) — 79 percent

Spooner (Wis.) Health System — 79 percent

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