July 31, 2014

State hospitals outperform counterparts nationally

A new study from Consumer Reports looks at 19 Wisconsin health care providers, in which all scored above the national average in three categories: cancer screenings, treatments for heart patients, and care for those 60-and-older.

Chris Queram, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, which assisted in the research, says these categories provide a “snapshot” of overall quality as these programs have the most current data and “these measures collectively are oriented toward prevention and ongoing management of diagnosed conditions.”

The 19 providers serve nearly half of Wisconsin’s patients. The Marshfield Clinic and Theda-Care of Neenah had the highest total scores. Also getting high marks were Aurora Health Care of Milwaukee, Bellin Health of Green Bay, the Dean Clinic of Madison, and the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

The lowest scores went to Wheaton-Franciscan of the Milwaukee area, Froedtert in Menomonee Falls, Columbia-Saint Mary’s Community Physicians of Milwaukee, and Mercy Health of Janesville. Queram emphasizes even the lower scoring Wisconsin hospitals outperformed national counterparts.

The results are broken down in a special edition of Consumer Reports magazine, to be released in January.