A or F? See What Grade Your Hospital Got in New Report

A or F? See What Grade Your Hospital Got in New Report

A or F? See What Grade Your Hospital Got in New Report

"Our clinical leadership regularly reviews our hospital's patient care processes and compares our data to nationally recognized benchmarks and best practices".

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 USA hospitals twice per year.

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking.

Spectrum Health Blodgett, Butterworth, Ludington, United, and Zeeland Community all received A's.

The safety of Pennsylvania's hospitals has shown improvement over the course of 2017, making big strides in an updated report that earlier ranked the state in the nation's lower half.

According to the EAM and Leapfrog, Michigan is showing a trend in declining A grades and increasing B grades. Freeman is one of 18 hospitals in Missouri to receive the grade.

Keck Hospital's "A" grade reflects its strict adherence to comprehensive quality and safety programs, as well as a number of successful initiatives aimed at preventing patient harm and achieving high reliability.

"An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Leapfrog awarded 662 "B" grades, 964 "C" grades, 159 "D" grades and 15 "F" grades.

North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and NY had the lowest percent of hospitals earning an "A" grade.

The Leapfrog Group, founded by a group of corporate employers, commissioned a panel of public health experts to develop the safety report card in the wake of a landmark 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that revealed hospital errors kill about 98,000 patients a year.

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. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety". Then, Leapfrog says researchers weigh the evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact of each measure to calculate a grade.

Leapfrog tells people to look at three measures in particular when choosing a health care provider: hand washing, blood infection during an intensive care unit stay and patient falls.

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