Quality of Care

Average Length of Stay

In 2011, the average length of stay (ALOS) for pneumonia patients at Highland Hospital was 4.47 days, which is in line with the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) hospitals length of stay.

 

According to the most recent national data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the average length of stay for pneumonia in the U.S. was 5.4 days.

The average length of stay (measured in days) provides general information about the efficiency of care delivery, and is therefore an important quality indicator. However, some hospitals care for patients with a greater severity of illness and therefore may have a longer average length of stay.