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Leapfrog gives a third of U.S. hospitals an "A" for safety

Safety scores remain stable at most area hospitals New Jersey hospitals improve care in national survey
Cris De Lacerda | 12 Abril, 2017, 21:15

Maine, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Idaho made up the Top 5.

The good news is that New Jersey does not have any "F" grade hospitals, according to the newest patient safety scores from The Leapfrog Group.

"Not only do they achieve the highest national standards for safety, but they consistently maintain that level of excellence", said Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

About The Leapfrog Group Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned A's; and Alamance Regional Medical Center earned a B in the Spring 2017 Leapfrog rankings.

The findings are "weighted and then combined to produce a single, consumer-friendly composite score that is published as an A, B, C, D or F letter grade". Twenty-three earned the top grade, including Massachusetts General Hospital.

In Boston, no hospital scored lower than a "C". Over time there have been significant strides in improving patient safety, such as 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.

ME topped the list of states for hospital safety, while Florida was ranked 35th.

Three hospitals have received straight As since the inception of the grading system in 2012: Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan) in Ann Arbor., Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Oakland County's Commerce Township.