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Essentia St. Mary's President Peter Jacobson talks to the media. Photo by - Brian Basham

St. Mary's dinged in safety report

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Essentia St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes got hammered pretty hard in a recent Consumer Reports magazine special report on safety in Minnesota hospitals.

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But the hospital says a simple clerical error was at least partly to blame for its poor ratings, since it made the hospital's infection rate appear wildly higher than it actually is.

St. Mary's was given a safety rating of 37 --second to last out of 36 Minnesota hospitals rated in the August issue.

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