McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

01 November, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Leticia Riley
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Two of those metro providers - Porter Adventist Hospital and Rose Medical Center - are among the 59 hospitals nationally that have received an A in every report card since the Washington, D.C. -based organization began issuing them five years ago. "It ends up being a strategic decision, "how much effort do I want to spend on this?'", he said". It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

In September, Coastal Carolina andHilton Head hospitals both received four Certified Zero Harm Awards at the annual South Carolina Medical Association/South Carolina Hospital Association Trustee, Administrator and Physician Conference. The five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are Washington, D.C., North Dakota, Delaware, Maryland and NY. Other states with significant improvement include OR, going from 48th in 2012 to eighth today, Hawaii from 36th to third, Wisconsin from 44th to sixth, and Idaho from 19th to fourth.

Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, just one (2.3%), Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, earned an "A".

Binder said states with consistently good hospital grades show a state-wide, collaborative commitment to patient safety.

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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.

St. Catherine Hospital was one of only 832 hospitals out of 2,639 hospitals in the US, and only one of 18 in IN, to receive an "A" for its commitment to meeting the highest patient safety standards in the country.

"Errors and infections in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in America, and Maryland residents deserve to know which of their hospitals are best at preventing them", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne all received A grades. "Patient safety is patient safety".

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