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The Best Hospitals in Michigan | The Sam Bernstein Law Firm

The Best Hospitals in Michigan

January 7, 2019

While no one looks forward to a hospital stay, some Michigan hospitals provide better service and safer care than others. Here are the best hospitals in Michigan and around the country.

University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor was once again recognized as the best hospital in Michigan and the fifth best in the country, according to the 29th annual Best Hospitals report by U.S. News and World Report.

21 Michigan hospitals won recognition in various categories in the 2018-19 report, approximately 10 fewer than last year. DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, St. John Macomb-Oakland in Warren and McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, all of which ranked last year, did not make this year’s list.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was ranked number 1 in the country for the fifth consecutive year. Other top hospitals were Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

A variety of criteria were used to rank 514 hospitals by state and region; including survival and readmission rates, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other factors. This year’s report placed greater emphasis on patient outcomes and experience.

How to Have a Safe Hospital Stay

While most people go to the hospital for surgery, testing or to receive treatment for an illness or injury, a hospital stay poses its own risks.

Following these simple tips can help make your next hospital stay safer.

Before You Go

  • Ask your physician to check for possible infections. Some people carry common bacteria, such as staphylococcus aureus, or staph, on their skin, which can increase the risk of post-operative infections.
  • Review your medications, prescription and over-the-counter, with your doctor to determine whether you should stop taking certain drugs or change the dosages before your procedure.
  • Ask about the risks and after-effects of any procedure you are about to undergo. During recovery, knowing what to expect will help you know what symptoms are normal and what indicates a complication that requires a doctor’s care.

During Your Hospital Stay

  • Maintain good hygiene, especially regarding hand washing.  Do not hesitate to ask staff members and visitors to sanitize their hands before interacting with you. 
  • Be aware of what medications you are receiving. If a drug looks or sounds unfamiliar, ask the nurse to check your chart or consult with your doctor.
  • If possible, enlist the help of an advocate. A trusted family member or friend can help you keep track of tests and medications or provide another pair of eyes and ears when your doctor updates you on your progress and treatment plan.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. If you are unsure about an upcoming surgery or other procedure, request a consultation with another surgeon who is on staff or has privileges at your hospital.

After You Are Discharged

  • Watch for warning signs of complications. If you have symptoms that are outside the normal realm, such as fever, redness, swelling or extreme pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room.

“Even in the best hospitals, many preventable mistakes occur during surgery or an inpatient stay,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “If you or a loved one is ill or injured and you suspect a medical mistake was the cause, call us. Our experienced lawyers will evaluate your case and fight to win the compensation you deserve.”

Medical malpractice law is complicated, but finding the right lawyer is simple.

Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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