UTMC responds to Consumer Reports article

The University of Toledo Medical Center says its facility is safe, notwithstanding a report that will appear in next month's edition of Consumer Reports.

In next month's issue of Consumers Report, the magazine rates 107 hospitals in Ohio. UTMC received the lowest rating, a score of 28. Dr. Scott Scarborough, Senior V.P. and Executive Director of UTMC, disagrees with the magazine's findings.

"I think it is important to note that this is their first try at rating hospitals and we think there are some problems with this first attempt," Dr. Scarborough said.

The hospitals were rated in six categories, including surgical-site infections, readmission rates, unclear instructions, radiation overload, complications and mortality.

Consumer Reports did not visit UTMC or contact any hospital administrator by phone. Dr. Scarborough counters that just last fall, UTMC was reviewed by the federal government.

"The Joint Commission is the gold standard and last November they came to the hospital unannounced and spent a week with us and said this is one of the safest hospitals they have ever witnessed," he said.

As for other area hospitals, Flower Hospital received 65, Toledo Hospital received 64, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center received 58 and Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon received 53.

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