Website ranks Community Hospital among most affordable


Grays Harbor Community Hospital was recently rated among the most affordable hospital in Washington by a website that offers financial information and advice for consumers.

The site, NerdWallet.com, looked at the 100 most common treatments at 47 hospitals in the state and compared which offered the highest number of affordable treatments, what they were and the level of satisfaction reported by patients.

Community Hospital ranked fifth overall, identified as the most affordable for treatment of heart attacks, injury to cartilage in the knee and sepsis.

“We understand that health care can be very expensive; Grays Harbor Community Hospital works to ensure that our costs are fair and competitive, especially in our rural community,” CEO Tom Jensen wrote in a press release.

It was ninth on the list for patient satisfaction, with 64 percent responding to a survey that they would recommend the hospital. Island Hospital in Anacortes had the most satisfied patients, according to the list, at 84 percent.

Community Hospital began work earlier this month to become a public hospital district. It intends to ask voters to approve the formation of Public Hospital District No. 2; Public Hospital District No. 1 operates Summit Pacific Medical Center and three East County clinics.

The decision to go public was accelerated by just-passed state legislation that will grant higher reimbursement rates for Medicaid patients only to public hospitals. Community Hospital had been among the advocates of the legislation before the public hospital requirement was added, and officials had said its implementation could stave off service cuts and layoffs.

 

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