Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

The hospitals getting failing grades and straight As from Leapfrog

The hospitals getting failing grades and straight As from Leapfrog

The hospital also has a smart sepsis alert system that ensures compliance with evidence-based sepsis care and a program for reducing hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism.

By contrast, Virginia ranked among the top the five states this fall.

The patient safety organization released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades today and Paulding and Douglas hospitals were among 18 percent of hospitals in the state to earn an A this fall. The hospital was rated below-average for understaffing of specially trained doctors care for ICU patients, communication with doctors and nurses and responsiveness of hospital staff.

Coastal Carolina Hospital scored a "C" from spring 2014 through spring 2016, but jumped up to an "A" on the last three reports.

"Receiving our third consecutive "A" grade demonstrates Coastal Carolina Hospital's commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care", Joel Taylor, CEO of Coastal Carolina Hospital, said in a press release. In the 10th edition of the report, patient safety performance by hospitals in states varied widely.

Both Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital are owned by Tenet Healthcare.

The highest number of "A" graded hospitals were found in Texas (77 out of 210 hospitals), followed by California (74 out of 265) and Florida (53 out of 174).

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

Memorial Hospital of Gardena in Gardena, Calif.

Along with the 19 hospitals in MI earning an "A", 26 earned a "B", 28 earned a "C" and four earned a "D".

Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety".

The biannual 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades report shows the safety grades of hospitals in five states - Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho - have improved significantly since Leapfrog first issued grades in 2012.

MI ranks 36th in the country for percentage of "A" hospitals - only 19 of the 77 hospitals in the state were given an A.

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