See fall 2017 safety grades for 77 MI hospitals

See fall 2017 safety grades for 77 MI hospitals

Eighteen of 39 hospitals graded in the semiannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades report received the highest possible mark, including nine that are located in the Denver area.

The assessments are based on 30 performance measures that incorporate everything from medical errors and accidents to staffing levels and infection control.

"Everyone at Freeman works together to set a standard of excellence to deliver compassionate, innovative and safe healthcare to the communities we serve", said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. Maryland ranked 48th in its first appearance in Leapfrog's safety grades, with just one hospital in the state, Howard County General Hospital, earning an "A" ranking.

Consumers can view scores online free of charge.

United Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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

That's down from 25 MI hospitals with an "A" grade in spring 2017.

"This "A" rating for our hospital from The Leapfrog Group is a confirmation of the steadfast commitment to enhancing patient safety by HSHS St. Anthony's colleagues and medical staff", said Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital. 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. The five states with the biggest improvements include Rhode Island, which ranked as the best state overall on the most recent report, was ranked 50th in 2012. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on 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.

You can read how the letter grade is calculated here.

Leapfrog tells people to look at three measures in particular when choosing a health care provider: hand washing, blood infection during an intensive care unit stay and patient falls.

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