Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

TriStar Southern Hills earns A in patient safety from national Leapfrog Group

Maryland hospitals were given a grade for the first time by the Leapfrog Group and not all made the mark Maryland hospitals were given a grade for the first time by the Leapfrog Group and not all made the mark
Tracy Craig | 01 November, 2017, 00:50

Virginia hospitals, however, are among the best. This was done in accordance with the specifications used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for hospitals nationwide, resulting in Maryland Safety Grades being reported this fall.

Maryland was not ranked in comparison to other states because the state requires unique medical reporting standards, Leapfrog said.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals twice per year.

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

"Many hospitals have world-renowned doctors and equipment, but not all hospitals prioritize their patient's safety above all else".

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

Since 2012 when the scoring system began, Leapfrog Group says it has seen a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems and millions of averted patient harms. 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. "As always, we encourage patients to discuss their needs and questions with their provider when making healthcare decisions", MedStar Health hospitals spokesperson So Young said in a statement that applies to all MedStar hospitals.

A new survey of the nation's hospitals has been released.

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United Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

News4 reached out to every hospital on the list. The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago.

Also this summer, UMC was ordered to stop delivering babies because of "deficiencies" in its care. This fall, Leapfrog scored 2,632 hospitals, of which 832 earned As, 662 received Bs and 964 garnered Cs.

North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and NY had the lowest percent of hospitals earning an "A" grade. "All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades.

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety".

"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.

Using this online database, you can look up a specific hospital or search by community.

You can read how the letter grade is calculated here.

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