When it comes to your good health, it's important that you make the right decision when choosing a hospital.
You shouldn't wait until you are sick to find a good hospital. Choosing the right hospital, especially if you have a difficult condition or need specialized treatment, is important.
Here are some tips to consider....
Choose an accredited hospital: The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) decides whether a hospital receives, keeps or loses accreditation, based on certain health and safety standards. Although accreditation is voluntary, most hospitals participate in the process. If the hospital you're considering isn't accredited, it's important to know why.
Choose a hospital with a good record of quality care: When it comes to hospital quality, government organizations and consumer groups issue hospital "report cards" that you can look at when making your decision. A recent study shows that, in addition to helping you make a wise choice, these evaluations encourage hospitals to improve the quality of the care they provide. The "grades" given to hospitals can be found online at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.