NJ on HUMC: Well Below Average

9/22/2008:

There is new data on the level of care provided by Hoboken University Medical Center, but you won’t be seeing any of this information promoted in their full-page ads or glossy fliers.

The New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services released it’s annual Hospital Performance Report in four serious categories, and HUMC came in well below the state average, and in most cases below it’s peer hospitals in Hudson County.

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At the bottom for treating Heart Failure

The four categories are Heart Attack, Pneumonia, Heart Failure, and Surgical Care Improvement. Of the 74 hospitals ranked, only 2 were given a lower score in the Heart Failure category than HUMC. The former St. Mary Hospital only managed to score a 77 out of 100. If you are uptown when your heart fails, you may be better off going to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen with it’s perfect score of 100. If you’re downtown, better hope your ambulance goes to Jersey City Medical Center, with a Heart Failure score of 97. The state median score is 93, 16 points higher than HUMC.

Below average, and well below Hackensack

Here is a look at how HUMC compares to the state median, the scores received by the Top 10% of New Jersey Hospitals, and the “Other HUMC” that some Hoboken residents choose to use for elective medical services: Hackensack University Medical Center.

Disease HUMC Score State Median State Top 10% Hackensack
Heart Failure 77 93 99 98
Heart Attack 91 97 99 100
Pneumonia 91 94 98 98
Surgical Care Improvement 87 90 94 93

Obviously there is much more data behind the numbers, and you can read it here on the state’s Hospital Performance Report website.

This is the “Hospital of the Year???”

HUMC and it’s highly paid and well-connected public relations team is busy spending some of the taxpayer guaranteed $52 million in bonds on banners, ads, and glossy fliers promoting a “Hospital of the Year” designation that isn’t worth squat when it comes to your health. (411 told you the real story behind that “award” here.)

Some say it is part of a pattern of misinformation punctuated by the failed effort by Mayor David Roberts and Councilman Ruben Ramos to browbeat Councilwoman Beth Mason into dropping her public records lawsuit against the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority, a suit she later won.

This also comes after HUMC was selling old data as new to promote the hospital’s supposed “miracle” recovery under CEO Harvey Holzberg. It’s also been overheard that the cash flow snags that forced changes in the bonds that secured the facility have not gone away. More on that soon, as HUMC turns.

In the meantime, get plenty of exercise and eat right, because you don’t want to have heart trouble in Hoboken!

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3 Comments on "NJ on HUMC: Well Below Average"

Furey
Member

They win Hospital of the Year because they won the contest of: “What’s The Best Hospital in Hoboken!”

It was really hard with all that other competition. 🙄

little boots
Member
little boots

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that should read ‘to whom’

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