Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hospital Compare

In the midst of this morning's rush hour--that's when I unload the dishwasher, cook breakfast, throw in a load of laundry and try to remember to feed the dog--I was, as usual, listening to NPR. I heard an quick report on a new(ish?) website set up by the Department of Health and Human Services. It's called Hospital Compare and it seems like a pretty useful tool. The site allows users to search and compare hospitals all over the country, and examine them against one another based on many criteria, including different categories of patient experience, hospital outcome of care and hospital process of care.

Making informed choices for our families are what being a Mama is all about, right? I'm a food label reader, I'm the sunscreen police, I'm a car safety rating examiner, and now, I'm a hospital comparer.

A smart Mama is an informed Mama.

2 comments:

hospitals said...

another useful site for hospital lookup is http://www.ushospitalfinder.com/ You type in your address full or just the zip code, it list all the hospitals within 30 miles and show them on a map. Click on the hospital and you can view what services it provides.

Meaghan said...

What a great resource! Thanks for the tip.