The Leapfrog Group announced today the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. Leapfrog's bi-annual state rankings analysis, in which states are ranked according to their percentage of "A" hospitals, found significant improvements in five states since the inception of the Safety Grades in 2012.
Mt Nittany Medical Center and JC Blair Memorial Hospital each earned a "B".
A hospital safety watchdog group called Leapfrog has released its latest list of safest - and riskiest - hospitals in the United States. The grades are calculated by patient-safety experts, peer-reviewed and available to everyone free of charge.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals twice per year. Despite the relatively small fluctuations in performance among hospitals overall, Binder said she has noticed consistent performance improvement among hospitals in certain states.
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The evaluation system factors in medical errors, infections and injuries, data provided to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Hospital Association, and surveys compiled by Leapfrog.
Thirteen Virginia hospitals near D.C. received A grades. But the state agency has a full consumer report of all the in hospitals available on its website. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of McDowell Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".
MI ranks 36th in the country for percentage of "A" hospitals - only 19 of the 77 hospitals in the state were given an A.
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. This places them among the top 31 percent of health care systems nationwide, and the top 30 percent in Florida.
Several hospitals across in the greater Philadelphia area also received "A" grades.