Hospital quietly releases data
Away from the glare of a media press conference, Humber River Regional Hospital, on orders from the provincial health ministry, quietly released the worst death rate of any Toronto-area hospital.
On Monday, more than a week after the Canadian Institute for Health Information published a high-profile report containing death rates for hospitals across Canada, Humber broke its silence to report a rate of 136, meaning its in-hospital death rate was 36 points below the national average of 100.
Humber’s rate is the second worst in Canada. Only Kitchener’s Grand River Hospital fared lower, with a rate of 142. The release of Humber’s data also drops Scarborough General Hospital to second worst in the GTA; its death rate is 134.
Humber’s figures were omitted from the CIHI report because hospital officials insisted data inconsistencies had skewed the figures. They ultimately released the numbers in a brief statement on a media wire service.
Calls to three Humber representatives were not returned yesterday.
Humber cited a "misunderstanding" in the data related to end-of-life care (palliative and "do not resuscitate" cases) as the reason for its numbers not being publicly released as part of the CIHI press conference Nov. 29.
Mortality rates for 85 large, Canadian, acute-care hospitals and 42 health regions, except Quebec, were released at the press conference for the first time.