Fewer hospitals in MI have 'A' grades for safety

See fall 2017 safety grades for 77 Michigan hospitals

A hospital safety watchdog group called Leapfrog has released its latest list of safest - and riskiest - hospitals in the United States.

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

Almost half of New Jersey's hospitals earned an "A" in the latest national safety report measuring how effective nurses, doctors and other medical staff are in preventing infections, falls and mistakes than often make patients sicker than they arrived. Here's where the city's hospitals now stand on safety.

It is the fourth consecutive "A" rating for McDowell Hospital. S. health care system. "UMC scored better than average in a majority of categories identified".

National Leapfrog safety grades also show three changes locally. "Our passion for patients allows us to create one of the state's safest hospital environments". To support Leapfrog's nationwide transparency effort, the Maryland Health Care Commission generated individual measure results for Maryland hospitals.

"Maryland hospitals rank 37th on Outcomes and 50th on Process/Structures, indicating there is significant improvement needed in all areas of patient safety analyzed in the safety grade", Leapfrog told HealthExec. Virginia Mason Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center both got "A" grades.

With 46.2 percent of participating hospitals receiving an A, Colorado ranked 10th in the US and second among states in the Rocky Mountain West, behind only Idaho. Just one received a "B", one a "C", three a "D" and two an "F".

North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and NY had the lowest percent of hospitals earning an "A" grade. This puts Maryland near the bottom of Leapfrog's bi-annual state rankings analysis, in which states are ranked according to the percentage of "A" hospitals.

"Patient safety and quality improvement are top priorities in health care, and at Keck Hospital, we are always challenging ourselves to find new opportunities to elevate care and eliminate patient harm", says Stephanie L. Hall, MD, chief medical officer of Keck Medicine of USC.

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