A or F? See What Grade Your Hospital Got in New Report

A or F? See What Grade Your Hospital Got in New Report

A or F? See What Grade Your Hospital Got in New Report

The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact.

Two area hospitals get an "A" grade for patient safety from a national healthcare ratings organization.The Leapfrog Group judges hospitals on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms. Information from secondary sources supplemented any missing data to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their Safety Grade. 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.

Fifty-nine hospitals have earned an "A" ranking in each of the safety grades since its inception. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety". The five states with the biggest improvements include Rhode Island, which ranked as the best state overall on the most recent report, was ranked 50th in 2012. OR has climbed 48th in the first safety grade report in 2012 to eighth.

Binder said states with consistently good hospital grades show a state-wide, collaborative commitment to patient safety. Maryland hospitals - which previously had been the only hospitals exempt from public reporting at the national level due to a federal waiver - performed poorly in their first grading, ranking Maryland among the bottom 10 states. The state had just one hospital receive an A, Howard County General Hospital in Columbia.

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St. Catherine Hospital was one of only 832 hospitals out of 2,639 hospitals in the USA, and only one of 18 in IN, to receive an "A" for its commitment to meeting the highest patient safety standards in the country.

"The "A" rating from the Leapfrog Group reflects the fact that patient safety is our top concern for every person - let alone patient - who enters our facilities, and we attained this rating through the consistent and conscientious efforts of our stellar clinicians, nurses, and other dedicated hospital staff", she said.

Conemaugh Memorial in Johnstown and UPMC Bedford received the top grade of "A" for fall 2017.

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