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Several Lehigh Valley hospitals earn top safety grade

Several Lehigh Valley hospitals earn top safety grade

WellStar Douglas and WellStar Paulding hospitals remain in the top of the class, ranked with the safest hospitals in Georgia by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a news release stated.

Mt Nittany Medical Center and JC Blair Memorial Hospital each earned a "B".

"We encourage people to check the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and other information on Leapfrog's website when choosing a hospital", said Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, a consumer advocacy and research nonprofit.

No hospitals in Washington D.C. earned an "A". The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago. "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. The data is derived from the CMS, Leapfrog's own hospital survey, and secondary data sources like the American Hospital Association.

That's down from 25 MI hospitals with an "A" grade in spring 2017. The five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are North Dakota, Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland and NY. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

Sibley Memorial Hospital: B "As part of our commitment, we review and analyze hospital ratings with interest, such as those recently released by Leapfrog". "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of McDowell Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". For the first time, Maryland was included in the list after an exemption was lifted that excluded the state from reporting some safety metrics at the federal level.

An annual grading system says Michigan's hospital care rank is dropping. Numerous 15 hospitals that received F grades treat a high proportion of low-income patients with complex healthcare needs.

The hospital grades were released as officials announced that a doctors group associated with George Washington University will take over emergency medical services at United Medical Center (UMC).


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