According to the United Health Foundation, Oklahoma has a 32.2% obesity rate and 28.3% of its adults are inactive. As budget cuts have taken a toll on the state’s public health funding, Oklahomans need to know where to find the most affordable health care.
NerdWallet Health built a Best Hospitals tool to help patients investigate the cost of hospital care in their local areas. Using this tool, we analyzed the 100 most common treatments at the 50 largest hospitals in Oklahoma to find the most affordable hospitals. We asked the following questions:
1) Which Oklahoma hospitals offer the highest number of affordable treatments, and where are they located?
2) What are these treatments?
3) How satisfied are patients of these hospitals?
The Most Affordable Hospitals in Oklahoma
1. Tahlequah City Hospital—Tahlequah, Okla.
Founded in the 1920s by a retired Army nurse, the hospital is now a 100-bed regional health care provider with a patient satisfaction rating of 69%. In addition to affordable treatments for acute heart attack and hip replacement, patients can also receive complete cardiac care at the Northeast Oklahoma Heart Center. The center holds a catheterization lab, operating rooms, critical care beds and a cardiac rehabilitation unit. The hospital also features the Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center, where radiation and chemotherapy are available.
2. Memorial Hospital of Stilwell—Stilwell, Okla.
Stilwell Memorial Hospital is a 34-bed hospital with a patient satisfaction rating of 59%. In addition to its general medical and surgical options, it offers affordable care for stroke and pneumonia.
3. St. John Medical Center—Tulsa, Okla.
St. John Medical Center’s stroke center was recognized in 2013 by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and is the only certified comprehensive stroke center in eastern Oklahoma and one of just three in the state. St. John is also the only Magnet-designated facility for nursing excellence in Tulsa, and it boasts a 74% patient satisfaction rating. Patients can find affordable care for shingles and angioplasty.
4. Purcell Municipal Hospital—Purcell, Okla.
Serving Purcell and the surrounding communities since 1970, this acute care hospital has a patient satisfaction rating of 73%. It has 39 beds, five full-time admitting physicians and a 24/7 emergency room. Purcell offers laboratory services, physical therapy, imaging and a range of specialty services. Affordable treatments include those for emphysema and severe anemia.
5. Eastar Health System—Muskogee, Okla.
Formerly Muskogee Regional Medical Center, Eastar Health is accredited through the Joint Commission. The system’s cancer program and mammography services have received national accreditation as well, and there’s also an intensive care unit, an obesity treatment center and a sleep center. Patients can find affordable care for respiratory failure and internal bleeding here, and the overall patient satisfaction is 52%.
6. Comanche County Memorial Hospital—Lawton, Okla.
This independent, nonprofit acute care facility has 283 beds and employs nearly 2,000 people, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Council on Accrediting Rehabilitation Facilities. Comanche County Memorial recently opened a neonatal intensive care unit—the only Level 2 NICU in the state outside of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas. It boasts a patient satisfaction rating of 73% and has affordable care options for appendicitis and disk surgery.
7. Jane Phillips Medical Center—Bartlesville, Okla.
This hospital offers a variety of services, including general medicine, surgical services and maternity and infant care, as well as affordable care for heart rhythm disorder and infection from surgical procedures. Jane Phillips Medical is nationally accredited for its imaging services and its sleep center, and there’s also a fully certified cardiac rehab program. Its overall patient satisfaction rating is 72%.
8. McCurtain Memorial Hospital—Idabel, Okla.
McCurtain Memorial Hospital has been serving its community for 60 years, and in 2002 saw a grand renovation of its emergency room, radiology services, medical records and admissions. Affordable treatments for tuberculosis and congestive heart failure are available here, but it has a patient satisfaction rating of 48%.
9. Choctaw Memorial Hospital—Hugo, Okla.
Choctaw Memorial Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital serving the Hugo area. It has 34 beds and offers a Level 4 trauma center. It has a patient satisfaction rating of 45%, and offers affordable care for seizure and asthma.
10. Oklahoma Surgical Hospital—Tulsa, Okla.
Physicians founded Oklahoma Surgical Hospital in 2001 as an orthopedic hospital. The hospital expanded its surgical procedures in 2007 and changed its name to reflect that. It still offers orthopedic services, and also features robotic surgery, a pain management center and a physical therapy center. Affordable treatment includes care for spinal fusion and surgery to the intestine. There are 20 operating rooms and 76 beds, and the hospital boasts a patient satisfaction rating of 86% as well as five-star ratings from HealthGrades for spine and back and neck surgery.
|Ranking||Hospital name||Location||Most Affordable for Common Diagnoses/Treatments Such As:||Patient satisfaction|
|1||Tahlequah City Hospital||Tahlequah||Acute heart attack, hip replacement||69%|
|2||Memorial Hospital of Stilwell||Stilwell||Stroke, pneumonia||59%|
|3||St. John Medical Center||Tulsa||Shingles, angioplasty||74%|
|4||Purcell Municipal Hospital||Purcell||Emphysema, severe anemia||73%|
|5||Eastar Health System||Muskogee||Respiratory failure, internal bleeding||52%|
|6||Comanche County Memorial Hospital||Lawton||Appendicitis, disk surgery||73%|
|7||Jane Phillips Medical Center||Bartlesville||Heart rhythm disorder, infection from surgical procedure||72%|
|8||McCurtain Memorial Hospital||Idabel||Tuberculosis, congestive heart failure||48%|
|9||Choctaw Memorial Hospital||Hugo||Seizure, asthma||45%|
|10||Oklahoma Surgical Hospital||Tulsa||Spinal fusion, surgery to the intestine||86%|
Affordability: Using CMS Medicare Provider Charge Data, we first determined the 50 largest hospitals in Oklahoma (of 85 total) by calculating the total number of Medicare patient discharges per year. We then calculated which of these 50 has the lowest price for each of the 100 most common medical procedures, and then summed the number of times that each hospital had the lowest price. The data are for services billed for Medicare patients.
Procedures/diagnoses: For the procedures that each hospital was least expensive, we presented the most commonly known.
Patient satisfaction: Patient satisfaction rates were obtained from HCAHPS, a nationally administered survey on patient satisfaction. “Satisfied” was taken to be patients who reported, “I would definitely recommend this hospital” on this survey.
Hospital characteristics: Individual hospital websites and U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals.
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