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Hospital safety scores released

01 November 2017

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. The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago. Leapfrog awarded 662 "B" grades, 964 "C" grades, 159 "D" grades and 15 "F" grades.

The hospital grades were released as officials announced that a doctors group associated with George Washington University will take over emergency medical services at United Medical Center (UMC).

Almost half of New Jersey's hospitals earned an "A" in the latest national safety report measuring how effective nurses, doctors and other medical staff are in preventing infections, falls and mistakes than often make patients sicker than they arrived.

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"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety", she said. Four others received a B grade, and four were given a C grade.

Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals. About a third of hospitals overall earned an "A" from Leapfrog: 832 of the 2,632 hospitals rated this fall.

Maryland was included in the state rankings for the first time, as prior to this most recent report it was exempt from reporting several safety measures on a national level.

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Rita Numerof, president and co-founder of consultancy Numerof & Associates, said "There should be no correlation between safety rates and socioeconomic status." de Brantes agreed, saying hospitals can control the processes in place to ensure the care they provide is safe.

How safe Beaufort County hospitals keep you from errors, injuries and infections depends on which one you're a patient at, according to a report released Tuesday. The most dramatic turnaround has been in Rhode Island, which ranked 50 in 2012 but earned the top spot in the fall 2017 grades with five of its seven hospitals earning "A" grades.

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Hospital safety scores released