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Friday, February 23, 2007
Mass. General president swings back
By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff
Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, jumped into the fray yesterday over the blog started by his competitor, Paul Levy, chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Levy has posted on his website month-by-month hospital-acquired infection rates for patients at his hospital, and challenged other hospitals to publicize their rates as well, according to a story in today's Globe.
Slavin confirmed that Mass. General will not publicize its infection rates, at least not until the state develops a standardized approach to measurement that has been embraced by the medical community. But he made it clear his hospital has nothing to hide: "Our internal data shows our numbers are lower than Beth Israel's," he said.
"There are at least two ways to compete in health care, provide great care, do great research and excel at teaching -- that's the way we choose to do it," Slavin said. "The other way is to criticize one's competitors. That's not the method we choose to employ."