Two Triangle hospitals downgraded for safety lapses

Two Triangle hospitals downgraded for safety lapses

Henrietta Brewer
April 25, 2018

Colorado hospitals climbed from 10th to 6th nationally in the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade state rankings, signifying that more medical centers are rating very highly for their patient-safety procedures.

"The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade helps shed light on those hospitals in need of improvement, while also highlighting the safer facilities, to make it easy for patients to choose the best option for their care". "The Leapfrog rating validates and confirms the hard work of our entire staff in striving to provide the safest, most effective level of care that we can".

A Washington, D.C. Based organization that aims to improve health care quality and safety for people has given Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital an A grade for patient safety.

New findings in a national study of hospital safety suggest that hospitals are reducing avoidable deaths from errors and infections. "Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have definitely spurred these improvement efforts".

Triangle hospitals with below-average performance for blood infections were B-ranked WakeMed Raleigh, C-ranked WakeMed Cary, C-ranked Duke University Hospital, A-ranked UNC Hospitals and A-ranked Duke Raleigh. The rankings are calculated by top patient safety experts and they are peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

The Leapfrog website reports that of the approximately 2,500 hospitals graded, 30 percent earned an "A", 28 percent earned a "B", 35 percent a "C", six percent a "D" and one percent an "F".

Reports released this week show some local hospitals are making the grade.

The safety score is derived from data compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Hospital Association, Health Information Technology Supplement and Leapfrog's own survey.

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves almost one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the "Large Community Hospitals" category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. Mid Coast Hospital is one of only 49 "Straight A" hospitals in the United States to be awarded an "A" every grading cycle since 2012.

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