"Not only does it require dedication from national organizations, such as Leapfrog, to make this information public, but also from local coalitions, regional leaders, employers, business leaders and other community organizations to work with these hospitals and their communities to improve the quality and safety of health care". Of the 46 hospitals in the state participating in the survey, 19 received the top grade. Just one received a "B", one a "C", three a "D" and two an "F".
The hospital grades were released as officials announced that a doctors group associated with George Washington University will take over emergency medical services at United Medical Center (UMC). Although patient safety should be a top priority for all hospitals. "An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
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). The five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are Washington, D.C., North Dakota, Delaware, Maryland and NY. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".
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"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". Maryland hospitals - which previously had been the only hospitals exempt from public reporting at the national level due to a federal waiver - performed poorly in their first grading, ranking Maryland among the bottom 10 states.
TriStar Southern Hills was one of 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. If you want to sort the hospitals by grade, click on the "Fall 2017" column label.
"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.