One of the most important measures of hospital quality is patient mortality (death) rates and we believe you should know how hospitals compare before you choose a hospital. Standardized data is available to Louisiana hospitals for mortality rates in the form of a Risk Adjusted Mortality Index. The US national average for Risk Adjusted Mortality Index is set at 1.0. An index lower than 1.0 means the hospital is doing a better job saving lives than the national average for similar hospitals and patients; an index higher than 1.0 indicates more patients are dying than are expected to die. So think of this like golf – the lowest scores are the best.

Ochsner compared 2011 mortality data for the 7 Ochsner hospitals and hospitals in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, North Shore, Bayou, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe areas.

The top 7 hospitals for patient survival rates are all Ochsner hospitals.

2011 RAMI chart

So what does this really mean for you?

All 7 Ochsner hospitals had better survival indices than every other hospital in the Louisiana comparison group.  That’s not a coincidence.  That’s the power of the Ochsner network.

As the region's largest health system, Ochsner has access to the most sophisticated expertise, resources, technology and services – and we share that information with all hospitals in our system, relentlessly working to improve the quality of care at Ochsner hospitals in every community.

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