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Three California Cities Hold Spots on the List of Ten Worst Metro Area Hospitals

HospitalsAfter the release of a John’s Hopkins study, in which it was determined that medical error is now the third leading cause of death in America, experts and advocates started taking a closer look at some of the worst performing hospitals across the nation. One group, 24/7 Wall Street, even compiled a list of the worst ten metro hospitals in the country. Three California cities hold spots on that list. What does this mean for patients in California, and what rights do victims of medical malpractice have? The following information explains further.

A Closer Look at the Findings

The California three cities that made a list of the ten worst metro area hospitals in America include Visalia-Porterville, Yuba City, and El Centro. Visalia-Porterville had mixed hospital results, with one facility receiving an “F” grade for its care of patients (Tulare Regional Medical Center) and the other receiving an “A” rating (Kaweah Delta Medical Center). When averaged together, this gave the city itself a “C” rating, overall. Pneumonia and stroke were, by far, the worst conditions when it came to mortality of patients, but the mortality rates for coronary bypass surgery and heart attacks were well below the national average.

Hospitals in the Yuba City area received a “D” rating, overall, due to their high mortality rate for heart-related ailments and procedures (stroke, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart attack, etc.). Fremont Medical Center’s intensive care unit was also deemed the worst in the nation. This area affects more than just individuals with heart conditions; it may also result in adverse outcomes for traffic accident victims and other catastrophic injury victims.

Named as the third worst city to get sick in, El Centro California hospitals also received an overall score of “D.” However, the area had one of the lowest mortality rates for stroke patients in the nation, and the average 30-day mortality rate was just 13.8 percent – lower than both Visalia-Porterville and Yuba City. Because of this, experts believe the rating may have had been impacted more by the area’s poverty rate than its quality of care.

What the Results Mean for Patients

Sadly, patients do not always have a choice in where they receive medical treatment. Some may be faced with emergent situations that do not permit them to travel to a nearby city. Others simply may not have the funds to travel. Because of this, individuals in these may be at an increased risk of a medical error that results in death or injury.

Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP understand the significant impact that a medical error can have on your life and the lives of the people you love most. Get the representation you deserve. Contact our seasoned and compassionate San Jose medical malpractice lawyers for assistance with your case. Call (408) 289-1417 and schedule a free consultation today.

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