ATLANTA -- Northside Hospital was on par with the national average for mortality rates for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia even though the raw numbers were slightly higher than other hospitals across the country.
Northside was one of two local hospitals whose death rates for all three measures of patient care were slightly higher than the national average.
For example, the mortality rate for heart attack patients nationwide is 15.9 percent. At Northside, 16.6 percent of patients admitted to the hospital with a heart attack die.
But the raw numbers don't tell the whole story. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services analyzes the data from thousands of hospitals nationwide to see how significant statistically those differences are.
Their conclusion is that the difference between the national average and the raw numbers is small enough that statistically they are "no different than the U.S. National Average."
Northside Hospital released a statement saying, "all of the Northside Hospital patient outcomes for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia fell within the range of 'No Different Than the U.S. National Rate'."
"Northside Hospital continuously receives countless awards certifications and accreditations for the care it provides its patients."
Atlanta Medical Center also released a prepared statement saying, "Atlanta Medical Center takes the care of our patients very seriously. We have a number of measures in place to improve the quality of care provided to our patients and to ensure their safety."
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