A new report published by a popular magazine is causing concern for a local hospital.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington found itself on a nationwide list of 12 hospitals “you might want to avoid.”
According to federal health statistics, nearly 650,000 people across America come down with serious infections when they are hospitalized.
Based on the recent article in Consumer Reports, the 12 institutions did not do well at controlling infections.
Charlotte Hungerford joins other hospitals located in New York, Illinois, Indiana, California, Ohio, Georgia and Florida.
According to the magazine, the list of hospitals rated lowest for MRSA and C-Diff, the most well-known, life-threatening infections in hospitals, along with other infections too.
"It doesn't surprise me at all. I know hospitals have problems with these kinds of things and do what they can to contain it,” said Ed Bouton of Goshen, who developed MRSA shortly after having major surgery at Charlotte Hungerford.
He said his experience was nothing but positive and that hospital staff had him isolated.
"They did just about everything in their power to contain it, as far as I could see,” Bouton said. “Anyone in my room had to wear gown, boots and masks and stuff like that. My food was delivered outside the door, never brought into the room.”
In a statement, officials from Charlotte Hungerford said “In general, we (CHH) find that our performance across multiple measures and data sources demonstrates that CHH’s results are typically meet or exceed national benchmarks, including the five infection control measures that source the Consumer Reports rankings. Still, while there are many measurements of quality, and many ways to interpret data, we are committed to continuing our progress toward improving our infection rates and our quality scores overall."
"Understandably, we are deeply disappointed in this ranking. We want to assure our patients and community that the hospital takes great pride in the care and services we provide, that we have made improvements in our outcomes, are constantly looking for new ways to improve, and most importantly, hold ourselves accountable to our own high standards for quality and safety.”
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