Several Lehigh Valley hospitals earn top safety grade

Keck Hospital of USC Earns an “A” Grade for Patient Safety

Go here to see the full list of hospital grades and rankings.

Spectrum Health Blodgett, Butterworth, Ludington, United, and Zeeland Community all received A's.

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

No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A. Leapfrog's updated rankings placed Pennsylvania at number 25, with 30.16 percent of its hospitals receiving an "A" grade.

Rhode Island, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho and Virginia are the states with the highest percentage of "A"-ranked hospitals".

"Beaufort Memorial has worked diligently to maintain the highest levels of patient safety in every area of care from hospital-acquired infections to preventing adverse drug reactions", Russell Baxley, Beaufort Memorial President and CEO, said in a press release. Six received an "A" grade, four received a "B" grade and five received "C" grades at the time. Two of those hospitals were in D.C., and others are located in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee. "All seven Rhode Island hospitals included in the report received an A. In 2012, the state ranked 50th for its hospitals" grades.

Leapfrog uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement to rank their hospitals, according to their website. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"Since the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade launch in 2012, our mission has been to increase awareness of hospital safety concerns among consumers, as well as light a fire under hospitals and community leaders to be champions for change", said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and CEO. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

Conemaugh Memorial in Johnstown and UPMC Bedford received the top grade of "A" for fall 2017. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.

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