Beaufort County hospitals just got graded. Here's how they stacked up

Tabitha Dunn
November 1, 2017

Fawcett Memorial Hospital's B grade was unchanged, as were C grades for Blake Medical Center and Venice Regional Bayfront Health, and a D for Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. "It ends up being a strategic decision, "how much effort do I want to spend on this?'", he said".

The Leapfrog Group, founded by a group of corporate employers, commissioned a panel of public health experts to develop the safety report card in the wake of a landmark 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that revealed hospital errors kill about 98,000 patients a year. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

Both Douglas and Paulding hospitals consistently receive top scores, the release stated. The five states with the biggest improvements include Rhode Island, which ranked as the best state overall on the most recent report, was ranked 50th in 2012.

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking. The five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are Washington, D.C., North Dakota, Delaware, Maryland and NY. Hawaii moved up from 36th in 2012 to third, while OR moved up from 48th in 2012 to eighth.

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"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety". "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of McDowell Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". For the first time, Maryland was included in the list after an exemption was lifted that excluded the state from reporting some safety metrics at the federal level.

TriStar Southern Hills was one of 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The association also said that Maryland's quality improvement program "may not compare as well" to the rest of the nation because it uses 65 measures instead of "just a handful" the CMS uses.

"Errors and infections in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in America, and people deserve to know which of their hospitals are best at preventing them", said Binder. "Patient safety is patient safety".

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