What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs, most often caused by bacteria or a virus. The air sacs in the lungs fill with mucous and other liquids. Because of this, oxygen cannot get into the blood and be carried to the cells of the body.
Pneumonia is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 500,000 hospital admissions annually, and is one of the most common diagnoses leading to admission at Baystate Health (BH) facilities.
Since 2004, all Baystate Health facilities have been publicly reporting Pneumonia care through the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). This reporting helps to ensure that every patient who comes to BH with pneumonia receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.