Guthrie Cortland Medical Center 30-Day Readmission Rates

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How Guthrie Cortland Medical Center patients compared to the U.S. national rate, by condition

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center
National Rate
 Heart Failure Patients
No different than the National Rate
 Pneumonia Patients
No different than the National Rate

Learn more about these measures and the U.S. national mortality rates (

What does this chart mean?

A "30-day readmission" happens when a patient who had a recent hospital stay needs to go back to the hospital within 30 days of hospital discharge for the same problem. This chart tells you how well Guthrie Cortland Medical Center did at preventing 30-day readmissions for heart failure, and pneumonia patients when compared to other hospitals across the U.S.

This chart take into account how sick a patient was when they were admitted to the hospital

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality scores?

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center has enacted several initiatives to improve our performance. These programs include:

  • Electronic health record
    Guthrie uses Electronic Health Records (EHR) to track each patient’s health and medical history in a computerized system called EPIC. This means you have one Guthrie health record. If you visit one of our Guthrie Medical Group locations or are hospitalized at Cortland Medical Center, the same record health record is accessed by our providers and nurses. The Guthrie EHR makes your information easily accessible to everyone providing your care.
  • eGuthrie patient portal
    eGuthrie is a patient portal that gives you access to your personal medical record. Giving you the ability to check your current medications and request a refill, look at your allergy list, and get your latest test results along with your provider’s comments on the results. You will also be able to request appointments with your Guthrie providers, ask medical questions concerning an upcoming procedure, appointment or current medications. To sign up visit and select the sign up now link.
  • Nursing and physician continuing education
    The nursing and physician staff at Guthrie are constantly engaged in continuing education to stay informed of changes and advancements in the health care field.
  • Patient education
    Guthrie staff work to educate patients on their health, wellness and diseases while they are a patient. In addition, if they become an inpatient they receive extensive education prior to discharge in order to ensure proper follow-up care.
  • Patient advocacy and support groups
    Numerous patient advocacy and support groups exist that provide educational information and support to patients, their families and caregivers. Ask your provider for more information.
  • Patient safety and clinical quality committees
    Guthrie has several committees focused on patient safety and clinical quality. Our committees review best practices, survey the facilities and coordinate programs to ensure patient safety and clinical quality is a top priority at Guthrie.
  • Lean Six Sigma
    At Guthrie we use the principles of Lean Six Sigma to improve patient care. Lean is focused on eliminating waste (such as waiting or redundant tasks) and improving efficiency. Six Sigma is focused on eliminating defects (such as medication errors or lost invoices) and improving effectiveness. Together, they are used to improve the patient experience and the quality of care in provided at Guthrie locations.