Catherine Hospital Receives "A" in Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

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"All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 USA hospitals.

Over 120 hospitals were graded in Pennsylvania and 38 were awarded an "A". The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago.

The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact. "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.

A new survey of the nation's hospitals has been released. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.

Bridgeport Hospital was the only location in CT to receive below a "C" grade. "We are seeing in pockets of the country like Rhode Island, there seems to be a significant effort and achievement to bringing all hospitals to top levels of safety", she said.

Leapfrog gave fifteen hospitals an "F" grade, but none of them are in Washington state. "We appreciate hospital ratings as a tool to help inform patients' decisions about their health care and believe they play an important role in holding hospitals accountable to patients and the communities we serve", Gary Stephenson, Sibley Memorial Hospital spokesperson, said in a written statement.

Coastal Carolina Hospital scored a "C" from spring 2014 through spring 2016, but jumped up to an "A" on the last three reports.

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).

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