Did Your Hospital Get A Failing Grade?

Did Your Hospital Get A Failing Grade?
Twenty-five hospitals in the United States received a failing grade on patient safety from a quality-improvement organization called The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group said that the hospital safety grades are calculated under the guidance of a 9-member panel of patient safety experts. The hospital grading system derived from the panel analyzing 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, federal government data, and data collected by Leapfrog themselves. All data was measured on the basis of evidence, opportunity for improvement, and impact. Half of the final grade reflected measures that involved the process and the structure of the care. One example they cited was of a process measuring how often a hospital gives an antibiotic to a surgery patient within an hour before the first incision. A structural measure example is whether the hospital uses a computerized physician order (CPOE) system. These systems are known to reduce prescribing errors.

Here is an ‘alphabetically by state’ list of hospitals that received an F for safety in Fall 2012.

Wiregrass Medical Center Geneva, Alabama
Hazel Hawkins Medical Center Hollister, California
Palo Verde Hospital Blythe, California
University of California Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California
Western Medical Center Anaheim Anaheim, California
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Albany, Georgia
Madison Memorial Hospital Rexburg, Idaho
Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
Jersey Community Hospital Jerseyville, Illinois
Loretto Hospital Chicago, Illinois
Norwegian American Hospital Chicago, Illinois
Roseland Community Hospital Chicago Illinois
Daviess Community Hospital Washington, Indiana
Richardson Medical Center Rayville, Louisiana
Texas County Memorial Hospital Houston, Missouri
Holy Rosary Medical Center Ontario, Oregon
Clarendon Memorial Hospital Manning, South Carolina
Wallace Thompson Hospital Union, South Carolina
Christus Spohn Hospital Bee Ville Bee Ville, Texas
Gulf Coast Medical Center Wharton, Texas
Renaissance Hospital Houston, Texas
Renaissance Hospital Dallas Dallas, Texas
Renaissance Hospital Terrell Terrell, Texas
Buchanan General Hospital Grundy, Virginia
Valley General Hospital Monroe, Washington


You can find out more information on The Leapfrog Group’s safety scores by going to their website. Look to see what grade your hospital received.

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