Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Here's how Philly hospitals grade out in survey on patient safety

New Jersey ranks 11th best in the nation - up from 15th best in April - because 30 of the 68 hospitals that participated in they survey received the top grade, according to the Leapfrog Group's report on Tuesday.

No hospitals in Washington D.C. earned an "A". "An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals. Hospitals with "F" grades are located in California, Washington, D.C, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee.

That's down from 25 MI hospitals with an "A" grade in spring 2017.

Hilton Head Hospital received the lowest rating of the three for four of the six categories involving doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the recent report.

Since 2012 when the scoring system began, Leapfrog Group says it has seen a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems and millions of averted patient harms.

"Receiving our third consecutive "A" grade demonstrates Coastal Carolina Hospital's commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care", Joel Taylor, CEO of Coastal Carolina Hospital, said in a press release. Although patient safety should be a top priority for all hospitals. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of McDowell 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. To support Leapfrog's nationwide transparency effort, the Maryland Health Care Commission generated individual measure results for Maryland hospitals.

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

Coastal Carolina Hospital scored a "C" from spring 2014 through spring 2016, but jumped up to an "A" on the last three reports.

Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, 2.3% - just one hospital, Howard County General Hospital in Columbia- earned an "A", compared with 31.6% of hospitals graded nationally.

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