Patients give hospitals checkup

Patients give hospitals checkup
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - For the past three years, patients can check up on hospitals online.   Just recently, the Medicare program added some new criteria to it's Web site.  Now you can see where your local hospital ranks when it comes to heart attack outcomes.

"It's pretty resourceful," said Dr. Mark Valliere, Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Francis Medical Center. "Now people do research online before they buy a car, and now they have a chance to do the same with the healthcare industry."

However, the comparison put more than 4400 hospitals in the 'meets expectations category'.  Only 17 were above the standard, and just seven were ranked below meeting expectations.

Visit the Hospital Compare site to check your local hospital.