Minden Medical Center receives an 'A' for patient safety

Columbus Regional Healthcare earns an 'A' for patient safety

Dickinson County Healthcare System earns its 12th consecutive Leapfrog "A" Hospital Safety Grade

In the report for Geisinger Holy Spirit's current grade, the hospital performed below average in certain infections (C. diff infection, infection in the blood and urinary tract infection) but above average in MRSA and surgical site infection after colon surgery, as well as below average in certain surgery problems (death from serious treatable complications, collapsed lung, serious breathing problems, risky blood clots), handwashing, patient falls, communication with doctors and hospital responsiveness.

The group, which focuses on improving health care quality and safety, releases biennial safety grades to hospitals across the country based on performance in preventing medical errors, infection and other harms.

In 2017, EvergreenHealth achieved its ninth designation in the last 10 years (2009-2012, and 2014-2018) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and it was again named one of Healthgrades 2018 America's 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance.

Not all hospitals make the Leapfrog list.

Here are three insights analysts made after reanalyzing hospitals' safety ratings.

The biannual study rates acute-care hospitals for errors, accidents, injuries and infections-incidents that are, collectively, the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Only 45 hospitals in the country receive the designation of Top General Hospital.

Those hospitals were: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California, Whittier Hospital Medical Center in Whittier, California, Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, Georgia, Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, Indiana and Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb.

According to Leapfrog, Duke University Hospital had more hospital-acquired infections, surgical complications, bed sores and patient falls than the average hospital across the country.

The Leapfrog Group, based in Washington, D.C., issues a hospital safety grade that uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 US hospitals twice per year. "While we see the impact of our quality initiatives in real-time every day, it is nice to see our progress recognized through national grading systems as well". Leapfrog also assess training, staffing and hospital protocols. Additionally, it has one post-acute care facility, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, over 45 multi-specialty Florida Hospital Physician Group practices, 15 Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens clinics and 6 Florida Hospital Centra Care Urgent Care Centers.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

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