Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Hospital safety scores released

Hospital safety scores released

Nineteen of 77 MI hospitals received an "A" grade in the fall 2017 report card by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog organization. The number of hospitals that receive each letter grade is relatively consistent each year, although the latest report showed the smallest number of hospitals who received an F grade. "You deserve to know which hospitals do the best at protecting their patients from harm", Leapfrog said on their website.

Since 2012, Leapfrog has issued Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades on a bi-annual basis nationally.

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety", she said.

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Consumers can view scores online free of charge.

WellStar Douglas and WellStar Paulding hospitals remain in the top of the class, ranked with the safest hospitals in Georgia by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a news release stated. Virginia Mason Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center both got "A" grades.

SC ranked 13 among the 50 states, based on the number of hospitals that earned an "A" compared to the total number of hospitals in the state. The five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are Washington, D.C., North Dakota, Delaware, Maryland and NY. Two of those hospitals were in D.C., and others are located in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee. Rhode Island had the most dramatic improvement, jumping from 50th in 2012 to number one in the fall of 2017.

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Using this online database, you can look up a specific hospital or search by community. "An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

In the category of infections for the fall 2017 report, Beaufort Memorial Hospital scored as well as the best hospitals in the country all five areas surveyed, which was one more category than the spring report. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.

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