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The Leapfrog Group Releases Its National 'Hospital Safety Grade' Report for Spring 2019


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DID YOU KNOW THAT MEDICAL 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 ARE THE SAFEST.  THAT'S WHY THE NONPROFIT WATCHDOG, "THE LEAPFROG GROUP", CREATED THE "HOSPITAL-SAFETY GRADE"--A LETTER-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...

(BINDER):
"SO MUCH CAN GO WRONG IN A HOSPITAL.  IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHICH HOSPITALS, IN YOUR AREA, ARE THE SAFEST--AND [TO] LOOK FOR THE HIGHEST 'LEAPFROG' 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 STAY SAFE--AND FOR HOSPITALS TO PUT PATIENTS 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.


Additional, market-specific soundbites from Leah Binder (available in MP3 only):
Atlanta (:17) | Chicago (:18) | Dallas/Fort Worth (:18) | Denver (:17) | Houston (:18) | New Orleans (:18) | Oregon (statewide; :20) | Portland (:16)

For evergreen "Hospital Safety Grade" PSAs, click here.


-- Spring 2019 State Rankings ( The Leapfrog Group) --

Spring 2019 Ranking (Including Ties)

State (Including D.C.)

Percentage of A-Rated Hospitals for Spring 2019

Fall 2018 Ranking (Including Ties)

Percentage of A-Rated Hospitals for Fall 2018

1

Oregon

58.06%

2

54.55%

2

Virginia

53.03%

3

51.52%

3

Maine

50.00%

10

40.00%

4

Massachusetts

48.28%

4

44.07%

5

Utah

48.00%

15

36.00%

6

New Jersey

45.59%

1

56.72%

7

Rhode Island

42.86%

7

42.86%

8

Ohio

42.20%

8

42.73%

9

Texas

41.43%

5

43.06%

10

Colorado

41.03%

9

41.46%

11

Louisiana

40.74%

12

39.22%

12

South Carolina

40.00%

26

30.43%

12

Idaho

40.00%

27

30.00%

14

Illinois

38.18%

13

39.09%

15

Georgia

35.53%

17

34.67%

16

Wisconsin

35.19%

22

32.73%

17

Florida

35.09%

19

33.91%

18

Pennsylvania

34.38%

14

37.88%

19

North Carolina

34.18%

6

43.04%

20

California

33.98%

23

32.42%

21

Hawaii

33.33%

20

33.33%

22

Michigan

32.10%

11

39.51%

23

Tennessee

31.25%

35

23.08%

24

Nevada

30.00%

16

35.00%

25

Washington

29.55%

32

24.44%

26

Oklahoma

28.95%

29

25.64%

27

Kansas

26.67%

24

32.26%

28

Missouri

25.86%

34

23.33%

29

Mississippi

25.71%

18

34.29%

30

Montana

25.00%

20

33.33%

30

Maryland

25.00%

38

20.00%

32

New Hampshire

23.08%

25

30.77%

33

Kentucky

21.15%

33

23.53%

34

Arizona

20.00%

37

21.74%

34

New Mexico

20.00%

42

14.29%

36

Indiana

18.33%

36

22.58%

37

Minnesota

17.14%

30

25.00%

38

Vermont

16.67%

40

16.67%

39

Alabama

16.28%

39

18.87%

40

Connecticut

16.00%

47

8.00%

41

South Dakota

10.00%

43

10.00%

42

Iowa

9.09%

45

9.09%

43

New York

7.53%

46

8.28%

44

Nebraska

7.14%

48

6.67%

45

Arkansas

6.90%

43

10.00%

46

West Virginia

4.35%

40

16.67%

47

Wyoming

0.00%

28

29.57%

47

Alaska

0.00%

30

25.00%

47

Washington, D.C.

0.00%

49

0.00%

47

Delaware

0.00%

49

0.00%

47

North Dakota

0.00%

49

0.00%

 



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