Bay Area Hospital responds to harsh consumer report

Bay Area Hospital responds to harsh consumer report
COOS BAY, Ore.-- A new health study has given Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay a low safety grade, and hospital officials are speaking out about the accuracy of the study.

A new study by consumer reports gave Bay Area Hospital a low score of 40 out of 100 when it comes to safety.

News of the safety grade has left some in the community with concerns.

"Our job for our patients is to have safety first everyday," said Lonny Anderson, Director of Quality for BAH. "If there is a community member out there that is concerned have them come into bay area hospital and talk to us."

The study rated more than eleven-hundred hospitals in the U.S., looking at infection rates and the number of patients that are re-admitted.

The hospital with the highest safety grade only got a score of 72.

Bay Area Hospital officials say the survey is not only inaccurate, but it uses old data that doesn't consider the new policies and procedures put in place to increase safety over the last few years.")

"Again with U.T.I.'s, our improvements with reducing falls, our improvements with our joint and spine care we have provided here all of those go to helping patients help themselves but also us helping them be safe in the hospital," Anderson said.

Bay Area Hospital was awarded a gold seal safety approval from a non-profit hospital rating board in 2010.