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Hospital grades in Middle Georgia show where local health care stands

Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- According to US News and World Report the emergency rooms alone at Navicent Health and the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon see a combined total of about 100,000 people a year.

The Leap Frog Group grades hospitals on their safety twice a year using information reported by the hospital itself.

Coliseum Medical Center CEO Stephen Daugherty said they take these grades seriously.

"Leap Frog is one of those organizations that helps keep us focused on our mission," he said.

Navicent Health got a C grade overall for the fall 2017 period.

That hospital got a C for the spring and fall 2016 periods as well.

The Coliseum Medical Center got a B this time.

That's up from its C grade in spring and fall 2016.

Both hospitals scored well on preventing safety problems like bed sores, falls and air or gas bubbles in the blood.

But there's one important area where both hospitals scored below average.

According to Leap Frog, Navicent Health saw about 150 out of every 1,000 patients die with treatable complications after surgery, like pneumonia.

Coliseum saw about 179 patients out of every 1,000 die for the same reason.

There are important steps the hospitals need to take to change this.

"There's an ongoing review of how we note code morbidity patients when they come, how sick they are, and making sure we're talking all of that into account," Daugherty said.

"You know we can't stand in the way of sick patients coming to our facility they come here....so we simply have to continue to improve and this is a major concern for the facility," said Roy Gilbreath, Physician Executive with Navicent Health.

Both Gilbreath and Daugherty says they're looking at measures to keep more people alive after surgery, like better monitoring of patient conditions before they're admitted to the hospital.

The Houston County Medical Center in Warner Robins got an A grade, while Oconee Regional and Fairview Park both got B grades.

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