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Five Years after the Launch of The Leapfrog Group's 'Hospital Safety Grade', Patient Safety Improves, But Crucial Work Remains


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DID YOU KNOW THAT ERRORS AND INFECTIONS, IN HOSPITALS, ARE THE THIRD-LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH, IN THE U-S?  THAT'S A FRIGHTENING STATISTIC.  BUT, SOME HOSPITALS ARE BETTER AT PROTECTING THEIR PATIENTS THAN OTHERS.  AND, YOU CAN FIND OUT WHICH IS WHICH.  THAT'S WHY THE NONPROFIT WATCHDOG, "THE LEAPFROG GROUP", CREATED THE "HOSPITAL-SAFETY GRADE"--A GRADE OF "A", "B", "C", "D", OR "F", ASSIGNED BY EXPERTS, TO ALL GENERAL-HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY, ON HOW SAFE THEY ARE FOR PATIENTS.  LEAH BINDER [LIKE "BIND", NOT "BIN"] IS "LEAPFROG'S" PRESIDENT AND C-E-O...

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SO MUCH CAN GO WRONG IN A HOSPITAL.  IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHICH HOSPITALS, IN YOUR AREA, ARE THE SAFEST--AND [TO] SEEK OUT HOSPITALS WITH THE HIGHEST HOSPITAL-SAFETY GRADES.  UNFORTUNATELY, EVEN 'A'-GRADED HOSPITALS AREN'T PERFECTLY SAFE.  SO, WE ALSO OFFER STEPS [THAT] YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOURSELF.  OUR GOAL IS FOR PATIENTS TO HAVE THE INFORMATION [THAT] THEY NEED TO STAY SAFE--AND TO MOTIVATE HOSPITALS TO PUT PATIENT-SAFETY FIRST--EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY."

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COMPARE LOCAL HOSPITALS, FOR FREE--AND GET TIPS ON STAYING SAFE--BY VISITING "HOSPITAL-SAFETY-GRADE"-DOT-ORG.

-- Spring 2017 State Rankings ( The Leapfrog Group) --

Rank

State (including D.C.; not including Maryland*)

Total Number of A's

Total Number of Hospitals

Percentage of A's

1

Maine

11

16

68.8%

2

Hawaii

8

12

66.7%

3

Oregon

19

32

59.4%

4

Wisconsin

33

57

57.9%

5

Idaho

6

11

54.5%

6

North Carolina

43

78

55.1%

7

New Hampshire

7

13

53.8%

8

Massachusetts

31

60

51.7%

9

Virginia

35

70

50.0%

9

Vermont

3

6

50.0%

11

Minnesota

17

36

47.2%

12

Rhode Island

4

9

44.4%

13

Ohio

49

112

43.8%

14

Kansas

14

32

43.8%

14

New Jersey

27

68

39.7%

16

Mississippi

13

33

39.4%

17

Utah

9

23

39.1%

17

South Carolina

18

46

39.1%

19

Texas

81

212

38.2%

20

Missouri

22

59

37.3%

21

Colorado

16

43

37.2%

22

Iowa

11

31

35.5%

23

Illinois

38

113

33.6%

24

South Dakota

3

9

33.3%

25

Michigan

25

79

31.6%

26

Tennessee

19

69

27.5%

27

Indiana

16

61

26.2%

28

California

68

271

25.1%

29

Wyoming

2

8

25.0%

30

Alabama

13

53

24.5%

31

Louisiana

12

49

24.5%

32

Pennsylvania

31

132

23.5%

33

Kentucky

12

51

23.5%

34

Oklahoma

9

39

23.1%

35

Florida

39

175

22.3%

36

Montana

2

9

22.2%

37

Nebraska

4

17

23.5%

38

Connecticut

5

27

18.5%

38

Arkansas

5

27

18.5%

40

Georgia

13

74

17.6%

41

Washington

7

46

15.2%

42

Arizona

5

49

10.2%

43

New York

14

139

10.1%

44

West Virginia

2

25

8.0%

45

New Mexico

1

15

6.7%

46

Nevada

1

19

5.3%

47

Alaska

0

5

0.0%

47

Delaware

0

6

0.0%

47

District of Columbia

0

7

0.0%

47

North Dakota

0

6

0.0%

*Note: Maryland hospitals are not issued grades, due to missing data.



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