You can look up the performance of Legacy and other hospitals of your choice by visiting Hospital Compare. The website, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, reports on the quality of patient care and service provided by hospitals.

Other performance reporting

Legacy measures and reports its quality performance to numerous specialty organizations, such as the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology-National Cardiovascular Data Registry and the Vermont Oxford Network. These specialty organizations monitor the quality of care in their specialties and often recommend new procedures or processes to improve quality. The same type of rigor used by the public reporting groups is used by these nationally recognized registries.

Other information on quality measures is available from private companies, such as HealthGrades and 100 Top Hospitals, which may help you in your health care decision-making. These commerical sites often use different measures that have not been identified by a consensus of national physicians and health care organizations as the most effective treatments and procedures available.