Deaconess Hospital places among hospitals with highest infection rates

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 7:51 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A federal report on Monday said some hospitals across the country could be penalized for high rates of infections and complications. A Spokane hospital was on that list.

Deaconess Hospital in Spokane was one of more than 750 hospitals identified in the report. It was also among the 175 worst in the group.

Deaconess Hospital officials told KREM 2 News that it was working to reduce the number of complications or infections that happen at the hospital. Leaders said they expected Deaconess would have a better score in the future.

"Deaconess Hospital places great emphasis on continuous quality improvement across our organization,” said a Deaconess representative. "We have worked diligently to successfully reduce or eliminate the incidence of hospital acquired conditions."

The report showed some patients at some hospitals on the list would come to the hospital with one condition and end up needing care for another after complications at the hospital.

The report said infections were on the decline but still happened too often. The report said hospitals like Deaconess would have to pay for one percent of all payments that came from Medicare for one year. The more than 750 hospitals would altogether pay $330 million. Hospitals like Deaconess were expected to pay fines in October 2014.

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