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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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