Maryland Falters in State's First Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

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In Savannah, Memorial University Medical Center, Candler Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital all received a grade of "C".

"We encourage people to check the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and other information on Leapfrog's website when choosing a hospital", said Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, a consumer advocacy and research nonprofit.

Hilton Head Hospital received the lowest rating of the three for four of the six categories involving doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the recent report. This fall, Leapfrog scored 2,632 hospitals, of which 832 earned As, 662 received Bs and 964 garnered Cs.

Virginia Mason has earned an A grade 12 consecutive times and is one of only 59 organizations in the United States that has achieved straight-A status in the Leapfrog program.

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety. By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder said in a press release.

Go here to see the full list of hospital grades and rankings. 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.

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She noted that one of the factors contributing to the improvement among these states is local organizations rallying around broader improvements in health care. But the state agency has a full consumer report of all the in hospitals available on its website.

MI fell in state rankings from 19th in fall 2016 to 25th in spring 2017 in percentage of hospital with an "A" grade.

Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of McDowell Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". Numerous 15 hospitals that received F grades treat a high proportion of low-income patients with complex healthcare needs.

An annual grading system says Michigan's hospital care rank is dropping.

Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, just one (2.3%), Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, earned an "A".