Maryland Falters in State's First Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Posted November 01, 2017

Harborview Medical Center got a "B" and two hospitals - Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and Deaconess Hospital in Spokane - got "D" grades. "It ends up being a strategic decision, "how much effort do I want to spend on this?'", he said". The five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are Washington, D.C., North Dakota, Delaware, Maryland and NY. "All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades.

MI fell in state rankings from 19th in fall 2016 to 25th in spring 2017 in percentage of hospital with an "A" grade.

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. Hawaii moved up from 36th in 2012 to third, while OR moved up from 48th in 2012 to eighth.

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For example, Oregon, Hawaii, and Wisconsin all have active coalitions dedicated to patient safety within their local communities and hospitals. "Hospitals have come together whether as hospital engagement networks, or collaboratives".

Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, just one (2.3%), Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, earned an "A".

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 association also said that Maryland's quality improvement program "may not compare as well" to the rest of the nation because it uses 65 measures instead of "just a handful" the CMS uses.

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"We are delighted to receive another "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade", says Rodney B. Hanners, chief executive officer of Keck Medical Center of USC.

In the category of infections for the fall 2017 report, Beaufort Memorial Hospital scored as well as the best hospitals in the country all five areas surveyed, which was one more category than the spring report. "Patient safety is patient safety".

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