For the third time in a row, Freeman Health System was honored with an "A" grade in The Leapfrog Group Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Score. Harborview Medical Center got a "B" and two hospitals - Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and Deaconess Hospital in Spokane - got "D" grades. Leapfrog's updated rankings placed Pennsylvania at number 25, with 30.16 percent of its hospitals receiving an "A" grade. If every hospital in the United States received an "A" grade, according to Leapfrog, 33,000 lives would be saved on an annual basis.

No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed and fully transparent. "By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes. Information from secondary sources supplemented any missing data to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their Safety Grade. The fact that hospitals overall haven't improved performance in the last five years might be because they are inundated with many other kinds of public surveys and reports that also evaluate their performance, said Francois de Brantes, vice president and director of the Center for Payment Innovation at the Altarum Institute. "We are seeing in pockets of the country like Rhode Island, there seems to be a significant effort and achievement to bringing all hospitals to top levels of safety", she said.

Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety.

MI fell in state rankings from 19th in fall 2016 to 25th in spring 2017 in percentage of hospital with an "A" grade. The hospital received a "B" grade back in 2014.

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.


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