Fewer hospitals in MI have 'A' grades for safety

Henrietta Strickland
October 31, 2017

Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho showed the most improvement over the five-year period since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade, with the most dramatic being Rhode Island, which was ranked 50 in 2012 and ranked first today.

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

Nineteen of 77 MI hospitals received an "A" grade in the fall 2017 report card by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog organization.

NY came in at No. 47 and was one of five states with the lowest percentage of "A" hospitals this fall. Fourteen South Carolina hospitals earned B's and 10 earned C's.

A total of 142 hospitals were assessed, and just seven of those (4.93 percent) had a top rating for safety.

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Keck Hospital of USC is one of 832 hospitals nationwide to receive an "A" grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, during the Fall 2017 release of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Maryland had previously been the only state unable to be graded due to an exemption from reporting key safety metrics at the national level.

"We encourage people to check the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and other information on Leapfrog's website when choosing a hospital", said Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, a consumer advocacy and research nonprofit.

"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.

The evolution system factors in medical errors, infections and injuries, data provided to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Hospital Association and voluntarily to Leapfrog.

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