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New Report Looks at Hospital Death Rates

5 area hospitals have higher than expected deaths in several illnesses.

A new report shows five area hospital with higher than expected death rates last year, for several conditions. The Hospital Performance Report evaluates Pennsylvania hospitals on 16 medical conditions and surgical procedures.

Altoona Regional Health System,  now UPMC Altoona, had higher than expected death rates for kidney and urinary tract infections, pneumonia aspiration, and septicemia .

In a written response included with  the report, the hospital said, "many of the patients on this list have multiple comorbidities such as extensive malignhancies, ages greater than 90 years old and other end stage diagnoses. "

"Many of our patients and their families have made the decision to have comfort measures only."

At Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown there were more deaths than expected for congestive heart failure, acute kidney failure, and infectious pneumonia.

Mount Nittany Medical Center had a higher death rate for congestive heart failure and pneumonia aspiration.  In its written response, the hospital said, "the majority of patients in those two groups had a do not resuscitate status and/or comfort care upon admission."

At Nason Hospital, the death rate for chest pain was higher than expected  And Tyrone Hospital's death rate was more than expected for low blood pressure and fainting.



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