December 19, 2018

McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

01 November 2017, 12:22 | Rodolfo Wallace

Harborview Medical Center got a "B" and two hospitals - Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and Deaconess Hospital in Spokane - got "D" grades. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.

No hospitals in Washington D.C. earned an "A".

The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades from A to F are assigned to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually.

CT hospitals rank 30th nationwide when it comes to avoiding medical errors, injuries and infections, a new report released Tuesday finds. It marked a significant boost from the spring 2017 Leapfrog report card, when Colorado ranked just 21st with 14 "A" hospitals.

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In September, Coastal Carolina andHilton Head hospitals both received four Certified Zero Harm Awards at the annual South Carolina Medical Association/South Carolina Hospital Association Trustee, Administrator and Physician Conference.

Lakeland Community Hospital Niles, Franciscan Health Michigan City, and Sturgis Hospital all earned B grades.

"We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of WellStar Douglas Hospital and WellStar Paulding Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". For the first time, Maryland was included in the list after an exemption was lifted that excluded the state from reporting some safety metrics at the federal level.

The upshot is that Philly's number of "A" hospitals dropped to five. 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.

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