Top 5 Worst Hospitals

In the United States, no widespread development of hospitals occured before the 1880s. Almshouses, the precursor to hospitals, existed in almost all cities of moderate size, however, these institutions mainly provided food and shelter to the destitute. Pesthouses were used to quarantine people that had contracted contagious diseases. When the “dreaded hospital” finally developed, mortality rates among hospital patients stood around 74% in the 1870s. It was no personal choice to check into a hospital. And while hospital outcomes have definitely turned for the best, there are still those hospitals that one might want to avoid.

In a dataset published by CMS, eight different types of hospital acquired outcomes are measured and reported by local hospitals receiving Medicare funding. From that dataset, below are the 5 worst hospitals in each of the eight categories. Getting sick? You may want to check out your local hospital ratings before making a decision. Continue reading…