The Syracuse VA Medical Center was ranked three stars out of five in quality in a federal review from March.
The report, published on March 26, ranks the hospital based on how well the hospital is managed.
On Sunday, The Syracuse Post Standard reported:
Eric Yeager, the Syracuse VA’s quality/performance manager, said the three-star and five-star ratings cited in the Inspector General’s March report indicate the Syracuse VA is “slightly better than average.”
The Syracuse VA consistently gets higher than average grades for patient satisfaction.
Death rates for pneumonia and congestive heart failure patients meet or exceed the VA’s goal.
The Syracuse VA falls short when it comes to patient readmissions. A higher than average number of patients are being readmitted within 30 days of their last hospitalization.
Pneumonia patients account for many of the readmissions. To prevent readmission, the VA is making sure pneumonia patients are diagnosed properly in the emergency room and getting the right antibiotics, Yeager said.