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The Leapfrog Group Releases Its National 'Hospital Safety Grade' Report for Fall 2017


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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.


For the first time, Maryland hospitals are included in the safety grades; however, they performed poorly, ranking Maryland among the bottom five states.  Of the 2,636 hospitals that are included in the Fall 2017 report, nationally, 31.6 percent have an "A"; 25.2 percent, a "B"; 36.6 percent, a "C"; 6.0 percent, a "D"; and 0.6 percent, an "F".  The 10 top-ranked states, in alphabetical order, are: Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The grades are calculated by top patient-safety experts--and are peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.  Since 2012, Leapfrog has issued the safety grades on a biannual basis, nationally.


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Additional soundbites from Leah Binder:
Maryland (:35) | D.C. and Virginia (:28)

Soundbites from Lauren Bailey, The Leapfrog Group's communications manager:
Hawaii (:23) | Idaho (:22) | Maine (:24) | Oregon (:29) | Rhode Island (:20) | Wisconsin (:27)


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

Rank

State (including D.C. and, for the first time, Maryland)

Total Number of Hospitals

Total Number of A's

Percentage of A's

1

Rhode Island

7

5

71.43%

2

Maine

16

11

68.75%

3

Hawaii

12

8

66.67%

4

Idaho

11

7

63.64%

5

Virginia

68

41

60.29%

6

Wisconsin

56

33

58.93%

7

Massachusetts

60

34

56.67%

8

Oregon

32

16

50.00%

9

Ohio

110

51

46.36%

10

Colorado

39

18

46.15%

11

New Jersey

68

30

44.12%

12

North Carolina

78

34

43.59%

13

South Carolina

46

19

41.30%

14

Utah

22

9

40.91%

15

Kansas

31

12

38.71%

16

New Hampshire

13

5

38.46%

17 (tie)

Montana

8

3

37.50%

17 (tie)

South Dakota

8

3

37.50%

19

Texas

210

77

36.67%

20 (tie)

New Mexico

15

5

33.33%

20 (tie)

Mississippi

33

11

33.33%

22

Missouri

58

18

31.03%

23

Indiana

59

18

30.51%

24

Florida

174

53

30.46%

25

Pennsylvania

126

38

30.16%

26

Illinois

111

33

29.73%

27 (tie)

Minnesota

34

10

29.41%

27 (tie)

Louisiana

51

15

29.41%

29

Tennessee

63

18

28.57%

30

Connecticut

25

7

28.00%

31

California

265

74

27.92%

32

Oklahoma

40

11

27.50%

33

Iowa

33

9

27.27%

34

Kentucky

50

13

26.00%

35

Washington

44

11

25.00%

36

Michigan

77

19

24.68%

37

Arizona

47

10

21.28%

38 (tie)

Vermont

5

1

20.00%

38 (tie)

Alaska

5

1

20.00%

40

Georgia

74

14

18.92%

41

Arkansas

28

5

17.86%

42 (tie)

Alabama

49

7

14.29%

42 (tie)

Wyoming

7

1

14.29%

44 (tie)

Nebraska

16

2

12.50%

44 (tie)

West Virginia

24

3

12.50%

46

Nevada

19

1

5.26%

47

New York

142

7

4.93%

48

Maryland

44

1

2.27%

49 (tie)

Delaware

6

0

0.00%

49 (tie)

District of Columbia

7

0

0.00%

49 (tie)

North Dakota

6

0

0.00%



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