Hospital safety scores released

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Three area hospitals - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital - retained their A grades in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report for fall 2017.

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National 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 US hospitals twice per year. Leapfrog's updated rankings placed Pennsylvania at number 25, with 30.16 percent of its hospitals receiving an "A" grade.

About one-third of 59 IN acute care facilities surveyed by the LeapFrog Group received As IN a report released Tuesday. The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago.

To see the grades of all 77 hospitals, click on "all hospitals" or "all cities".

Today, the Leapfrog Group announced Virginia Mason has again earned an A based on its independent analysis of hospital safety data. But the state agency has a full consumer report of all the in hospitals available on its website. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals.

Both Douglas and Paulding hospitals consistently receive top scores, the release stated.

"We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of WellStar Douglas Hospital and WellStar Paulding Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first".

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking.

In the category of infections for the fall 2017 report, Beaufort Memorial Hospital scored as well as the best hospitals in the country all five areas surveyed, which was one more category than the spring report. "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.

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