Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety

01 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • See fall 2017 safety grades for 77 Michigan hospitals

The Leapfrog Group, founded by a group of corporate employers, commissioned a panel of public health experts to develop the safety report card in the wake of a landmark 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that revealed hospital errors kill about 98,000 patients a year.

When The Leapfrog Group published its spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades in April, Pennsylvania as a whole was slotted as the 34th safest state in the country. This puts Maryland near the bottom of Leapfrog's bi-annual state rankings analysis, in which states are ranked according to the percentage of "A" hospitals. "An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. In the category of safety problems for the fall 2017 report, the hospital scored among the best hospitals in the country in all four areas surveyed.

United Medical Center: F "The Leapfrog survey data was collected before the Vertias health system took over the hospital", a spokesperson said. "All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades.

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety". 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.


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

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

To see how Freeman Health System's score compares locally and nationally, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow the Leapfrog Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook.

Maryland had previously been exempted from reporting key hospital safety metrics. McDowell Hospital was one of 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

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