A new study by Consumer Reports shows America's hospitals are coming up short on patient safety.
The magazine rated over 1,100 hospitals on six criteria, including infections, overuse of scanners, communicating with patients and readmissions.
On a scale of 1-100, more than half of the nation's hospitals received a score of 50 or lower, including several in our region.
One local hospital stood out above the rest.
"Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin is one of the top 10 hospitals in our safety composite in the country. They got a score of 71 out of 100. The top score is 72. So they really are doing a lot of things right," said Dr. John Santa of Consumer Reports.
CVMC scored high in limiting infections and CT scan usage, and Santa says the hospital is one of the few in the country that scored high for having a low readmission rate.
Here are the scores of some other area hospitals: CVMC is tops at 71, Dartmouth Hitchcock is at 54, Rutland Regional gets a 50, Fletcher Allen Health Care is below average at 46, and CVPH is Plattsburgh has the lowest score in our area at 39.