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Area hospitals get report card; Some grades good - many "average"


By Ken Little
Greater Wilmington Business Journal

A recent study done by a healthcare information service company points to some strong points and apparent deficiencies in the quality of care offered by area hospitals.

The study was undertaken by CareChex, a division of the privately held Delta Group, based in Greenville, S.C. The Delta Group specializes in rating the quality of hospital and physician care. It used Medicare data from 2007 to 2009 and information provided on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website to rank hospitals in North Carolina and across the country in three overall categories, and in 35 subcategories that encompass different types of care.

Some of the 2011 ratings for New Hanover Regional Medical Center, health care system partner Pender Memorial Hospital, Novant Health’s Brunswick Community Hospital and the privately operated Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport may raise some eyebrows.

Officials representing the four hospitals caution those reviewing the CareChex figures to consider a number of factors before making any judgments.


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