Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety

Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety

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.

The state had just one hospital receive an A, Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. Harborview Medical Center got a "B" and two hospitals - Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and Deaconess Hospital in Spokane - got "D" grades.

Go here to see the full list of hospital grades and rankings. A total of 74 hospitals received grades A through F. If data in several categories is missing, Leapfrog won't rank that hospital. "This is a significant achievement and we're tremendously proud of our medical providers and staff". In addition, our quality initiatives have helped to significantly reduce infections.

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

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Conemaugh Memorial in Johnstown and UPMC Bedford received the top grade of "A" for fall 2017. Rhode Island had the most dramatic improvement, jumping from 50th in 2012 to No. 1 in the fall of 2017.

Craig Owens, president of WellStar Douglas Hospital, said,"Our team takes patient safety seriously. By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. Leapfrog's updated rankings placed Pennsylvania at number 25, with 30.16 percent of its hospitals receiving an "A" grade. The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago.

Over 800 hospitals earned an "A" grade, with the highest percentages found in Rhode Island, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho and Virginia.

Lakeland Community Hospital Niles, Franciscan Health Michigan City, and Sturgis Hospital all earned B grades. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed and fully transparent.

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