Monday, February 18, 2019

MBMC Rates Best, UMMC Worst for Patient Safety in Jackson

The healthcare watchdog organization Leapfrog Group gave "C's" and "D's" to all but one Jackson-area hospital for patient safety.  Only Mississippi Baptist Medical Center scored an "A" rating. Leapfrog states on its website that factors such as infection rates,  mistakes, errors, and accidents determine the score.  The hospitals are graded every six months.  Leapfrog provided the following ratings to local hospitals*:

MBMC: A (B, B, A, B, A, C, C) Interactive Report
Merit Health Rankin: C   (NS, D, C, C, D,  NS, NS) Interactive Report
Merit Health River Oaks: C (B, NS, NS, B, A, B, B) Interactive Report
St. Dominic: C (A, A, A, A, B, C, C) Interactive Report
UMMC: D (C, D, D, D, D, F, D) Interactive Report
Merit Health Central: D (D, D, C, C, C, C, C) Interactive Report

*The previous scores for each six month period are posted in parenthesis.

While Jackson hospitals worsened, Mississippi hospitals improved their patient safety. 

Fall 2018: 12 A's, 8 B's, 9 C's, 5 D's, and 1 F.
Fall 2017: 11 A's, 5 B 's, 9 C's, 7 D's, and 1 F.

A Rating (12)

Baptist Memorial (Columbus)
Gilmore Memorial (Amory)
Magnolia Regional (Corinth)
North Mississippi Medical Center (Tupelo)
Baptist Memorial (New Albany)
Garden Park (Gulfport)
Hancock Medical Center (Bay St. Louis)
Baptist Memorial (Oxford)
Methodist Olive Branch
MBMC (Jackson)
King's Daughter's Medical (Brookhaven)
Bolivar Medical Center (Cleveland)

B Rating (8)

Anderson Regional (Meridian)
Ocean Springs
OCH Regional (Starkpatch)
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
South Central Regional (Laurel)
Merit Health Wesley (Hattiesburg)
Highland Community (Picayune)
Merit Health Natchez

C Rating (9)

Singing River
Forrest General (Hattiesburg)
Baptist Memorial (Desoto)
Merit Health Rankin
Merit Health River Oaks
St. Dominic
SW Mississippi Regional (McComb)
NW Mississippi Regional (Clarksdale)
Delta Regional (Greenville)

D Rating (5)

UMMC Grenada
Greenwood Leflore
Merit Health Central (Jackson)
Merit Health River Region
UMMC Jackson

F Rating (1)
Rush Foundation (Meridian)

Ratings and supporting information can be found at Leapfrog's website.


Anonymous said...

WOW. I thought St.D would be the highest rated in this area. Any explanation as to why the lower rating? I thought the NUNS could do no wrong. What gives?

Anonymous said...

St Dominic was sold. Also, many of the experienced (higher paid) nurses were laid off and inexperienced nurses were hired. Having served time in both last year, I can say Baptist was far superior to St Dominic.

Anonymous said...

Didn’t see it in a quick scan.... I wonder where the Jackson BA ranked....

Anonymous said...

Post the grades for Memphis, Birmingham, and New Orleans hospitals.

Anonymous said...

"Having served time in both last year, I can say Baptist was far superior to St Dominic."

If it just were not in downtown Jackson. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

As Lee Corso might say, "Not so fast, Kingfish." Leapfrog is a profit making venture. Hospitals can pay to be members. Take a look at all the categories and note that for many, the hospital did not contribute to the data. That means they didn't pay Leapfrog.

Now look at the "data" again.

Anonymous said...

11:10, You can look these up for yourself on the Hospital Safety Grade website, It shows the University of Tennessee’s teaching hospital in Memphis, Tulane University’s in New Orleans, and the University of Alabama’s in Birmingham all consistently ranked higher that UMMC. Why is it that just about everything associated with the University of Mississippi is substandard?

Anonymous said...

Not so fast, 8:07am. Hospitals don’t pay to be members of Leapfrog Group; major purchasers of health care services from hospitals do! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also supports Leapfrog. You also stated that Leapfrog is a “profit making venture “, implying that it is a for-profit company. In actuality, Leapfrog is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. If a hospital does not contribute datasets to Leapfrog voluntarily, Leapfrog uses other publicly available data (mostly from CMS), to rate the hospital.

Anonymous said...

After reading this, I told my girlfriend, when I get shot in Jackson, don't call 911, just drive me to the Baptist Hospital. It's cute that she thought I was just being funny.

Anonymous said...

I have been through the emergency rooms and had hospital stays in both Baptist and UMMC. I would recommend either. Two different trips with broken bones to UMMC. Could not have been treated better and they fixed the problem. I drive 50 miles to Baptist for all my specialists. They both get an A in my book.

Anonymous said...

My daughter knocked out 2 teeth in a bike accident a few years ago. I took her to the children’s ER at Batson and was very happy with the service. The pediatric dentist on staff was awesome.

Anonymous said...

"If its trauma or child related, go to UMMC. They are ready for you." as I was told by a St. Dominic ER physician several years ago. Since had several relatives in St. D and all experienced top notch care.

Anonymous said...

As I tried to post twice already; On Monday morning at 6:10 a.m. the digital, flashing billboard on I-20 eastbound coming into Jackson from Clinton said the ER wait at the hospital on 20 was 60 minutes. Why the hell would it take an hour to be seen at that emergency room on a Monday morning at 6:00 a.m.?

Anonymous said...

I've had several family members in the hospital in the last 5 years, and one was in critical condition. All were at UMMC.

MANY years ago, when I had friends in medical school at "the University," they would tell me, "if you get sick, the 'U' isn't where you want to be!" Fast forward a LOT of years, and I can tell you I don't think we could have had a better experience at any other hospital! EVERYONE, from the janitors to the surgeons couldn't have been nicer, more helpful, more knowledgeable, etc.

Granted, NO one wants to be in the hospital and no one wants to have family / friends in there; however, my personal experience is that I would have NO hesitancy in going to UMMC for fact, I'm thinking UMMC would be my first choice!

Anonymous said...

Wonder why "Merit Health River Region" does not say that it's in Vicksburg?

I noticed that several hospitals' names, but not their locations, are given.

Anonymous said...

'Take Me To Ruleville' - It ain't on the list.

Anonymous said...

I thought in order to be admitted to the state's only teaching hospital you either had to be indigent or have your head severed from your body.

Anonymous said...

The worst hospital experience I ever had was a surgery at UMMC in 1996. I’ve had babies at River Oaks, surgeries at St. D and been to Baptist ER. I avoid UMMC like the plaque, but I will say St. D seems to have gone downhill, imho.

Anonymous said...

Hospitals in every bordering state voluntarily self report their outcomes, quality and mortality data, while UMMC does not. Draw your own conclusions as to why.

Link to reporting portal:

Anonymous said...

UMMC has destroyed its peds programs Thanks to their poor leadership. In the midst of this, they've invested wildly in helicopters, on the coast and started a new tower in Jackson. Increased investment with decreasing market share doesn’t make sense, not even for a state subsidized teaching hospital. Ironically, 5-7 years ago the childrens programs were on a trajectory to truly be on par with outstanding surrounding heath care systems. In the not so distant past, UMMC had good leadership in many areas of peds surgery, a great peds chair that was aggressively building programs and a very supportive vice chancellor. Due to changes in leadership as well as disputes with leadership, many of physicians left while UMMC basically descimated the medical side of pediatrics. The result was the loss of around 30 specialists (10-15 years of recruiting) and loss of confidence of physicians and patients throughout the state. Consequently, there is an increased outflow of patients to superior programs in the surrounding states. UMMC had close to a monopoly and abused their power and lost it.

Anonymous said...

@10:41pm "UMMC had close to a monopoly and abused their power and lost it". That very statement could be said about the entire university as a whole. It has not kept up with the times, and has only wanted to perpetually consolidate and/or expand power and revenue to serve only itself without serving the whole state.

Anonymous said...

One wonders if there will ever be enough people with enough interest to create a movement to break-away from the failed monopolistic plantation of the University of Mississippi and establish a new medical school and teaching hospital on the Coast. What a great opportunity it would be to then attract on the Coast the investment dollars for bio-medical and medical technology companies, so badly needed by Mississippi’s economy, that otherwise have not and never will establish themselves on Woodrow Wilson Avenue.

Anonymous said...

Baptist was bought buy Memphis memorial and after listening to the better doctors and nurses that are leaving due to the screwed up way Memphis runs the hospital now, the Baptist that we knew and loved is no more. It is quickly heading down the path to be a horrible hospital, and as soon as the over worked staff that gives a shit leave to go to another job it will be. Baptist constantly runs floors with 7-8 patients assigned to one nurse with no clerk, or LPN to assist them. It’s one nurse and 7-8 patients period. What do you think happens when one patient has an event that demands all of that one nurses attention? You guessed it, the other 6-7 get none. What happens when they have a similar event while the first is going on? Simple, they just suffer or die. The administration at Baptist know this. They coach the nurse managers and supervisors to lie to the nurses and tell them this is just temporary when they know it’s not. This is so wrong on many levels, but it’s really wrong o force these nurses to have to do this on their license and it’s wrong for the patients. I wonder how long they’ll be able to cover this from the media and the patients that have been harmed by these practices?

Anonymous said...

Outcomes at UMMC are undoubtedly worse because the patients are sicker and often with less health literacy. UMMC takes all comers. Baptist does not.

Anonymous said...

9:45: Are the patients less sick and have more health literacy in Memphis, New Orleans, and Birmingham, which all have teaching hospitals consistently graded higher than UMMC? And, do you think Baptist is going to turn away someone with hepatitis who shows up at their door with a drug overdose. I have never seen more excuses made for a university’s heath system than the excuses constantly made for the substandard University of Mississippi.

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