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Douglas County Hospital's surgery center gets highest score from Consumer Reports

Consumer watchdog Consumer Reports magazine recently ranked the surgical capabilities of 2,463 hospitals across the nation, including 49 hospitals in Minnesota.

Douglas County Hospital received the highest possible score on a 1-5 scale for surgical outcomes.

To compile the results, Consumer Reports worked with MPA, a health care consulting firm, to analyze Medicare claim forms from 2009-2011, for patients undergoing 27 kinds of scheduled surgeries, which was combined into an overall surgery rating.

Specifically, the ratings are based on the percentage of a hospital's surgical patients who died in the hospital, or who stayed longer than expected for their procedure.

Research shows those measures are correlated with complications, and some hospitals themselves use this approach to monitor quality.

This ranking represents the first time that surgery rankings have been made available to the public. Consumer Reports hopes that the rankings increase consumer awareness of the quality of their health care options, and provide motivation for hospitals with low rankings to improve.

The Surgery Center at DCH performs approximately 5,000 in-patient and out-patient surgeries per year.

About Douglas County Hospital

Douglas County Hospital is part of an integrated system of providers that includes Heartland Orthopedic Specialists and Alexandria Clinic. This 127-bed, non-profit regional hospital employs 890 staff providing integrated health care services to the patients, families and communities it serves. Twice, it has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals, by Solucient in 2002 and by Thomson Reuters in 2008. For more information visit