BUSINESS COURIER: Consumer Reports says these local hospitals are best for safety Tuesday April 23, 2013 To download a pdf of this article, please click here. Business Courier By: James Ritchie An updated ranking from Consumer Reports puts St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Edgewood and Fort Thomas hospitals at tops in the region for safety. Both scored 62 out of 100. The ratings were based on factors such as infections, complications and readmissions. The Mount Auburn-based Christ Hospital ranked highest on the Cincinnati list at 59. The national average was 49. Across the country, the numbers ranged from 14 to 74. Data comes from federal and state sources. Scores among the 11 local hospitals went as low as 36. The Consumer Reports scores now include 2,031 hospitals, up from 1,159 when the ratings first came out in August, as HealthLeaders Media reported. The national figures are disappointing, said Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. “When it comes to healthcare,” he said in a statement, “average should never be good enough, and this average is clearly not even close.” Hospitals are being ranked by many groups. As I reported last week, TriHealth and Mercy Health were among the top 15 health systems in the country in a new ranking by Truven Health Analytics. The ratings were based on quality and efficiency.