Fewer hospitals in MI have 'A' grades for safety

01 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Maryland hospitals were given a grade for the first time by the Leapfrog Group and not all made the mark

"This A-grade is a reflection of longstanding commitment by staff, physicians and hospital leadership to keep our patients in the forefront and best-practices in place for exceptional outcomes".

In the category of infections, the hospital scored among the lowest in the country in three of the five areas surveyed, including infections in the blood and urinary tract during an ICU stay and bacteria infections.

Vicky Hogue, interim president of WellStar Paulding Hospital, said, "Patients in Paulding County have access to an incredible level of care here".

There were no reported F grades in the entire state.

Other local hospitals received a C grade. "This is a significant achievement and we're tremendously proud of our medical providers and staff".

Both Douglas and Paulding hospitals consistently receive top scores, the release stated.

The Hospital Safety grades, ranging from A to F, rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, injuries, errors and infections.

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

Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho showed the most improvement over the five-year period since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade, with the most dramatic being Rhode Island, which was ranked 50th in 2012 and ranked first today.

Keck Hospital's "A" grade reflects its strict adherence to comprehensive quality and safety programs, as well as a number of successful initiatives aimed at preventing patient harm and achieving high reliability. Its hospital safety grades, released every April and October since 2012, are aimed at encouraging patients to pay attention to safety when they choose hospitals.

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. Its hospitals didn't fare well in their first report, with just one out of 44-Howard County General Hospital in Columbia-earning an "A" grade, the fourth lowest percentage in the country behind North Dakota, Washington D.C., and DE and just ahead of NY.



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