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For the last five grading periods, fall 2015 through fall 2017, Hilton Head Hospital was rated a "C". For example, "Responsiveness of hospital staff" looks at patients' feedback on how long it takes for a staff member to respond when they request help. Hospitals in Philadelphia and the surrounding area are what kept Pennsylvania from falling lower.

"Our clinical leadership regularly reviews our hospital's patient care processes and compares our data to nationally recognized benchmarks and best practices". "We are pleased to celebrate this accomplishment as we continue to strive to provide outstanding, high-quality care to all of our patients".

Coastal Carolina Hospital scored a "C" from spring 2014 through spring 2016, but jumped up to an "A" on the last three reports. This was done in accordance with the specifications used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for hospitals nationwide, resulting in Maryland Safety Grades being reported this fall.

Eighteen of 39 hospitals graded in the semiannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades report received the highest possible mark, including nine that are located in the Denver area.

In September, Coastal Carolina andHilton Head hospitals both received four Certified Zero Harm Awards at the annual South Carolina Medical Association/South Carolina Hospital Association Trustee, Administrator and Physician Conference. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Memorial Hospital of Gardena in Gardena, Calif.

No hospitals in Washington D.C. earned an "A".

Leapfrog says you can use the ratings to find hospitals that prioritize patient safety, meaning hospitals got better grades if they had track records for preventing hospital-acquired infections, hand washing, stopping bed sores, training doctors, communicating about prescriptions and more. "Once again achieving an "A" grade is a testament to the commitment our staff has shown to protecting our patients".

That's down from 25 MI hospitals with an "A" grade in spring 2017.

Fifty-nine hospitals have earned an "A" ranking in each of the safety grades since its inception.

Along with the 19 hospitals in MI earning an "A", 26 earned a "B", 28 earned a "C" and four earned a "D".

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