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McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

McDowell Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety

By contrast, Virginia ranked among the top the five states this fall. Four local Lehigh Valley hospitals made the list. "This A-grade is a reflection of longstanding commitment by staff, physicians and hospital leadership to keep our patients in the forefront and best-practices in place for exceptional outcomes". Hospitals in Philadelphia and the surrounding area are what kept Pennsylvania from falling lower.

Sixty percent of hospitals in the state got A grades from the national health care nonprofit Leapfrog, which studied data from the American Hospital Association and other sources.

Vicky Hogue, interim president of WellStar Paulding Hospital, said, "Patients in Paulding County have access to an incredible level of care here".

No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A. "This is a significant achievement and we're tremendously proud of our medical providers and staff". Despite the relatively small fluctuations in performance among hospitals overall, Binder said she has noticed consistent performance improvement among hospitals in certain states. "You deserve to know which hospitals do the best at protecting their patients from harm", Leapfrog said on their website.

Memorial Hospital of Gardena in Gardena, Calif. The hospital went from scoring a "D" in spring 2015, to receiving an "A" on the last three reports.




Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho showed the most improvement over the five-year period since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade, with the most dramatic being Rhode Island, which was ranked 50th in 2012 and ranked first today.

Almost half of New Jersey's hospitals earned an "A" in the latest national safety report measuring how effective nurses, doctors and other medical staff are in preventing infections, falls and mistakes than often make patients sicker than they arrived.

The highest number of "A" graded hospitals were found in Texas (77 out of 210 hospitals), followed by California (74 out of 265) and Florida (53 out of 174).

MI fell in state rankings from 19th in fall 2016 to 25th in spring 2017 in percentage of hospital with an "A" grade.


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