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McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

"All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades. To see how Freeman Health System's score compares locally and nationally, visit or follow the Leapfrog Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. In the spring, 27 hospitals earned A's. Hospitals with "F" grades are located in California, Washington, D.C, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee. It is calculated by top patient safety experts and peer-reviewed, the group said. "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. You can see the specific grades here for CT. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes. A total of 74 hospitals received grades A through F.

"Receiving our third consecutive "A" grade demonstrates Coastal Carolina Hospital's commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care", Joel Taylor, CEO of Coastal Carolina Hospital, said in a press release. Numerous 15 hospitals that received F grades treat a high proportion of low-income patients with complex healthcare needs.

With 46.2 percent of participating hospitals receiving an A, Colorado ranked 10th in the US and second among states in the Rocky Mountain West, behind only Idaho. "We congratulate the clinicians, board members, management and staff of St. Catherine Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first".

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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).

An annual grading system says Michigan's hospital care rank is dropping. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".