Survey ranks Douglas, Paulding hospitals among tops for patient safety

Nov 01, 2017, 00:20

Leapfrog says you can use the ratings to find hospitals that prioritize patient safety, meaning hospitals got better grades if they had track records for preventing hospital-acquired infections, hand washing, stopping bed sores, training doctors, communicating about prescriptions and more.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals.

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.

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. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals.

CT hospitals rank 30th nationwide when it comes to avoiding medical errors, injuries and infections, a new report released Tuesday finds.

Howard County General Hospital: A "This rating is an affirmation of the work we are doing to deliver quality outcomes, patient safety and the best overall experience", Steven C. Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital said. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

If you would like to see how your hospital measures up, you can see the grades for every Washington hospital here.

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

Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety. Rita Numerof, president and co-founder of consultancy Numerof & Associates, said "There should be no correlation between safety rates and socioeconomic status." de Brantes agreed, saying hospitals can control the processes in place to ensure the care they provide is safe.

In the Leapfrog study, Bridgeport Hospital ranked below average in 18 out of categories.

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