Baptist Hospital of Miami Safety Report
Baptist Hospital of Miami is a non-profit general medical and surgical hospital offering both adult and pediatric care. It provides a vast number of medical services, including specialities such as: back/spine care, cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, obstetrics/maternity, neonatal intensive care, neurology and neurosurgery, physical rehabilitation and urology, among others.
The facility has 672 beds, making it one of the largest hospitals in the Miami area.
In the most recent survey year, the hospital admitted 34,926 patients and had 355,051 outpatient visits. Hospital doctors performed 7,395 in-patient surgeries and 7,533 outpatient surgeries.
The hospital also has a Children’s Emergency Center with a 24-bed capacity. The center is separate from the adult emergency room and is equipped to handle a variety of medical problems, from common colds to serious illnesses.
General Safety Rating – 53/100
Baptist Hospital of Miami has been ranked as the #2 hospital in the Miami area and the #8 hospital in Florida by US News & World Report. It rates several of the adult specialities offered as “high performing.” Those specialties include:
- cardiology and heart surgery
- diabetes and endocrinology
- neurology and neurosurgery
- orthopedics, pulmonology
The hospital has also received a score of 53/100 for safety from Consumer Reports. The score is significantly above the average for both national hospital scores (44.5), and the average score (46.1) for the seven Miami area hospitals that received ratings.* The Consumer Reports score is based upon the hospital’s ability to:
- avoid infection
- avoid readmission
- communicate about medication and discharge
- appropriately use chest and abdominal scanning and
- avoid mortality.
Above Average General Practice Ratings
According to Consumer Reports, Baptist Hospital of Miami ranked above average for “avoiding death – medical.” This category is based on the probability that a heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia patient will die within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital.
The hospital also earned very strong scores for the appropriate use of chest abdominal scans on patients. This means that it had a low percentage of “double scans.” Double scans occur when patients receive two kinds of imaging tests consecutively: one without dye and the other with dye. This needlessly increases a patient’s exposure to radiation.
Above Average Specialties Practice Ratings
As indicated above, Baptist Hospital of Miami ranks well in several specialities, according to US News & World Report. In these specialties, it ranks particularly high when it comes to:
The hospital scored high marks for successfully preventing different common types of in-house accidents and errors, including preventing pressure ulcers, post-surgical inpatient deaths from treatable complications, and post-surgical hip fractures.
Certain specialties scored “high” and “highest” marks for having advanced technology such as diagnostic radioisotope services, image-guided radiation therapy, PET/CT scanner and robotic surgery. These specialties included cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.
Several specialty departments received “high” and “highest” marks for their patient programs such as hospice, pain management, rehabilitation and palliative care. The departments with the “highest” rating included cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. Departments with a “high” rating included neurology & neurosurgery and orthopedics.
Reputation with Specialists
Both the cardiology & heart surgery department and the geriatrics department of Baptist Hospital were noted as having a modest reputation among specialists. This rating was based on the percentage of doctors responding to surveys in 2012, 2013 and 2014 who named hospital as among best for very challenging patients.
The hospital has 1,603 full-time nurses. The relative balance of nurses to patients is high across multiple specialties.
This category assesses the number of high-risk Medicare inpatients in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in key specialty-related procedures and diagnoses. Patient volume is high in multiple specialties;
Below Average General Ratings
The hospital ranked below average for avoiding infections. While it rated high for avoiding bloodstream infections, it received below average scores for its ability to avoid catheter-related infections and received average scores for avoiding surgical site infections.
The hospital also ranked below average for “avoiding adverse events.” Adverse events are defined by Consumer Reports as a measure based on mortality or a longer-than-expected hospital stays. The rates are compared with predicted averages based on the kinds of patients the hospital cares for and the types of surgeries it performs.
In this category, Baptist Hospital had 18% more adverse events than predicted based on nearly 100 surgical procedures. In particular, it had 94% more adverse events in coronary angioplasty surgeries than predicted. For hip replacement surgeries it had 22% more adverse events than predicted, and for back surgeries it had 47% more adverse events than predicted. However, in the category of knee replacement surgery, the hospital had 22% fewer adverse events than predicted.
The hospital also ranked below average for “avoiding death – surgical.” This category rates how often patients undergoing surgery died in the hospital after developing a serious, treatable complication. Such complications may include pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, sepsis, shock/cardiac arrest or gastrointestinal hemorrhage/acute ulcer. Conditions such as these should be identified quickly and treated.
Below Average Specialties Ratings
In the maternity department, Baptist Hospital of Miami ranked low for avoiding C-sections. According to Consumer Reports, 29% of patients with low-risk deliveries had a C-Section.
Consumer Reports found that Baptist Hospital of Miami earned an above average rating for patient satisfaction, meaning that overall patients were satisfied with the quality of care they received. Of the patients surveyed:
- 96% said the doctors always or usually communicated well.
- 96% said the nurse always or usually communicated well.
- 92% said their pain was controlled or managed well.
- 90% said their room and bathrooms were always or usually clean
However, the hospital received below average ratings for communication upon being discharge from the hospital or being introduced to new drugs. In particular:
- 83% of patients said they received information about what symptoms and signs to watch for after leaving the hospital.
- 82% of patients said the doctors or nurses always or usually explained about new medication.
The U.S. News & World Report found that 81% of patients would recommend the Baptist Hospital of Miami to family and friends. This percentage is both above the state average for hospital recommendations (68%) and the national average (71%). Five percent of patients surveyed said they would probably or definitely not recommend the hospital to others. This percentage is below the state average and equal to the national average (7%).
If you or a loved one were sustained an injury or illness while being treated by the doctors, physicians, or nurses at Baptist Hospital contact our attorneys today and we can talk about the possibility of legal compensation.
* Not all 68 Miami area hospitals were rated by Consumer Reports