McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

01 November, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Clint Gray
  • See fall 2017 safety grades for 77 Michigan hospitals

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available patient safety data to determine whether a hospital is assigned an A, B, C, D or F grade.

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

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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. Six received an "A" grade, four received a "B" grade and five received "C" grades at the time.

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. "All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades. Other states with significant improvement include OR, going from 48th in 2012 to eighth today, Hawaii from 36th to third, Wisconsin from 44th to sixth, and Idaho from 19th to fourth. Among the hospital's quality and safety initiatives is a physician-led team that is focused on everything from infection prevention strategies to clinical care improvements. "We've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities".

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Maryland had previously been exempted from reporting key hospital safety metrics. If every hospital in the United States received an "A" grade, according to Leapfrog, 33,000 lives would be saved on an annual basis.

For more information about the Safety Grade, as well as individual hospital grades and state rankings, please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rhode Island, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho and Virginia are the states with the highest percentage of "A"-ranked hospitals". Two of those hospitals were in D.C., and others are located in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee.

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