Martha Jefferson Hospital Receives A Grade for Safety

Mike Ashby

Five Vermont hospitals were graded, with the other four all receiving a "C" grade: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Northwestern Vermont Medical Center in St Albans, and The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Maryland, which received Safety Grades for the first time in fall 2017, moved out of the bottom five in Leapfrog's bi-annual state rankings analysis, with three "A" hospitals: Howard County General Hospital, Northwest Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"We are proud to provide safe and excellent care for all patients across UNC Health Care, and appreciate the Leapfrog recognition", said Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care.

Today, the prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, announced its 2018 Hospital Safety Grades, and all seven participating hospitals in Florida Hospital West Florida Division received an A including Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Two hospitals - WakeMed Cary and Duke University Hospital - unexpectedly dropped from top A grades to C's in Leapfrog's Spring 2018 safety ranking for errors, accidents and infections.

Triangle hospitals with below-average performance for blood infections were B-ranked WakeMed Raleigh, C-ranked WakeMed Cary, C-ranked Duke University Hospital, A-ranked UNC Hospitals and A-ranked Duke Raleigh. To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Mike Ashby
Mike Ashby

Reports released this week show some local hospitals are making the grade.

"This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries", said Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog.

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves almost one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe - an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

Holyoke Medical Center has helped make MA one of five states with the highest percentage of "A" hospitals for patient safety.

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