Consumer Reports has awarded both of Tacoma's major hospitals, St. Joseph Medical Center and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, ratings of 56 on a 100-point scale for hospital safety.
Both hospitals earned the consumer publication's highest ratings for appropriate use of chest scanning and its second highest rating for avoiding bloodstream infections.
MultiCare, however, earned Consumer Reports' lowest rating in how well staff members explained medications to patients. St. Joseph received the publication's second lowest rating in that category.
Of the 20 Puget Sound-area hospitals Consumer Reports rated, seven rated scores of 60 or better. Valley General Hospital in Monroe earned a 69 rating. St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood received a 65, and EvergreenHealth in Kirkland was awarded a score of 64. Overlake Hospital in Bellevue won a 64, and the University of Washington Medical Center received a 63. Two hospitals, Providence Medical Center in Everett and Swedish-Edmonds, were granted 60 ratings.
The lowest rated hospital in the area was MultiCare Auburn Medical Center with a score of 51.
Nationwide, CR's safety scores ranged from 11 to 78.