Miami Herald, May 9, 2012

While some politicians and union supporters complain that job cuts at Jackson Health System have caused a drop in the quality of care, the system's own statistics show that quality has not suffered. Jackson Chief Executive Carlos Migoya says quality of care "continues to improve," even during three months when many employees were required to take furloughs. The latest quality report, prepared monthly for Jackson's board, shows that for three critical measurements of infection rates—involving catheters, ventilators and lines into the bloodstream—Jackson's performance in February was in the top quarter of hospitals nationwide. In all three categories, Jackson rated considerably better than it had in February 2011.

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