Health dept. issues annual hospital report

Posted at 7:29 PM, Dec 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-26 21:29:41-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Department of Health has released its annual comparison of hospitals throughout the state.

"What this report actually does is it enables the public to act as consumers of health care," said Utah Department of Health research analyst Zach Burningham.

The report allows people to compare hospitals' performance in areas such as childbirth, deaths, heart attack treatments, patient safety and several other areas.

"The report is capable oF comparing on charges associated with the procedure, length of hospital stay associated with the procedure. And also, depending on the procedure, you can look at specific performance levels of the hospital," Burningham said.

The report also benefits doctors and other medical personnel as it can help them recognize ways they need to improve.

You can view the report for yourself at