Keck Hospital of USC Earns an "A" Grade for Patient Safety

Keck Hospital of USC Earns an

The data is derived from the CMS, Leapfrog's own hospital survey, and secondary data sources like the American Hospital Association.

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

Spectrum Health Blodgett, Butterworth, Ludington, United, and Zeeland Community all received A's.

SC ranked 13 among the 50 states, based on the number of hospitals that earned an "A" compared to the total number of hospitals in the state.

There were more hospitals with failing grades in this report, however, than in the Spring 2017 edition.

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According to the EAM and Leapfrog, Michigan is showing a trend in declining A grades and increasing B grades. The number of hospitals that receive each letter grade is relatively consistent each year, although the latest report showed the smallest number of hospitals who received an F grade. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals.

"Beaufort Memorial has worked diligently to maintain the highest levels of patient safety in every area of care from hospital-acquired infections to preventing adverse drug reactions", Russell Baxley, Beaufort Memorial President and CEO, said in a press release.

Leapfrog gave 159 hospitals in the U.S. D grades and 15 hospitals received failing marks. "By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities". The five states with the biggest improvements include Rhode Island, which ranked as the best state overall on the most recent report, was ranked 50th in 2012. Two of those hospitals were in D.C., and others are located in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee. Numerous 15 hospitals that received F grades treat a high proportion of low-income patients with complex healthcare needs.

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety", Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said in a statement. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

Leapfrog tells people to look at three measures in particular when choosing a health care provider: hand washing, blood infection during an intensive care unit stay and patient falls.

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