Monthly Archives: October 2013

In the Race for ‘Fanciest Hospital In Town’, Patient Safety Loses Out

The following two paragraphs are an excerpt from a post on Cognoscenti (cognoscenti.wbur.org). Read the full post. 

Did you hear about the hospital that spent $100 million to eliminate medical errors? Or the large healthcare system that guaranteed patient safety, fully compensating any patient who was harmed?  You might have missed these stories because, as far as I know, they didn’t happen. But as hypothetical scenarios they make an interesting contrast to two recent real news stories.

The first, reported in The New York Times, describes how hospitals are investing tens, sometimes hundreds, of millions of dollars upgrading their amenities: nail salons, around-the-clock room service, spas, concert pianists in the lobby, etc. The article includes a photo quiz, testing the reader’s ability to tell the difference between a hospital and a hotel. (I didn’t fare very well.)…..continue.