Fewer hospitals in MI have 'A' grades for safety


When The Leapfrog Group published its spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades in April, Pennsylvania as a whole was slotted as the 34th safest state in the country.

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals twice per year.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade places each measure into one of two domains: (1) Process/Structural Measures or (2) Outcome Measures, each accounting for 50 percent of the overall score. 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 hospitals in Washington D.C. earned an "A".

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety".

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades from A to F are assigned to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually.

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To see the grades of all 77 hospitals, click on "all hospitals" or "all cities".

She noted that one of the factors contributing to the improvement among these states is local organizations rallying around broader improvements in health care. Information from secondary sources supplemented any missing data to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their Safety Grade.

Sibley Memorial Hospital: B "As part of our commitment, we review and analyze hospital ratings with interest, such as those recently released by Leapfrog". "We congratulate the clinicians, board members, management and staff of St. Catherine Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". But the state agency has a full consumer report of all the in hospitals available on its website.

Several hospitals across in the greater Philadelphia area also received "A" grades.

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

MI ranks 36th in the country for percentage of "A" hospitals - only 19 of the 77 hospitals in the state were given an A.