The group assigns A, B, C, D, and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. These grades are based on errors, accidents and infections.
For the first time, Maryland hospitals were included in the Leapfrog Safety Grades.
There were no reported F grades in the entire state.
Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, just one (2.3%), Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, earned an "A". The hospital also has a smart sepsis alert system that ensures compliance with evidence-based sepsis care and a program for reducing hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism. "By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", said President and CEO of Leapfrog, Leah Binder, in a statement. "We commend the Maryland Health Care Commission for their leadership, which was instrumental in getting Leapfrog the data needed to issue these grades".
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By contrast, Virginia ranked among the top the five states this fall.
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). To support Leapfrog's nationwide transparency effort, the Maryland Health Care Commission generated individual measure results for Maryland hospitals.
To see the grades of all 77 hospitals, click on "all hospitals" or "all cities". St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago was awarded the organization's highest grade, an "A" in patient safety. 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.
Other states with significant improvement include OR, going from 48th in 2012 to eighth today, Hawaii from 36th to third, Wisconsin from 44th to sixth, and Idaho from 19th to fourth. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.