South Jersey hospitals maintain high safety standards, report shows

Four northern Michigan hospitals receive 'A' safety grades

Twenty-three MI hospitals - including four in the Munson Healthcare system - received "A" grades in the spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, according to a release from the Economic Alliance for MI.

But the report also highlighted an issue with the safety at urban hospitals like those in Los Angeles. In the category of infections, the hospital received the highest marks for infections in the blood and surgical site infection after colon surgery.

Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus in Galloway Township and Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House all maintained B grades from the fall report. "What we see in the new round of Safety Grades are signs of many hospitals making significant improvements in their patient safety record", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

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Highpoint Health was among only 750 hospitals across the country to receive an "A" from The Leapfrog Group. We have numerous initiatives in place to keep patients safe, including assessing and then documenting upon admission any potential risk for falls, self harm, and skin breakdown; we reduce the opportunity for harm. The top grade being awarded to Highpoint Health was announced today when the quality organization released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades to the public. According to recently compiled scores, Duke University Hospital and WakeMed Cary Hospital earned a "C" grade, a sharp drop for two typically high-performing hospitals.

"Not only are there now three "A" hospitals, but six additional hospitals received a "B" grade, having previously received a "C" or lower". It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. The bottom five states were North Dakota, Delaware, Alaska, New York and Maryland. The panel examined 27 measures of hospital safety data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact. "But the hospitals achieving new milestones are doing the hard work, and we salute them as well as the leaders, researchers and organizations fighting every year for patient safety".

The group's website says patients should use the ratings to decide which hospitals to use for planned events, but patients "should never refuse care in an emergency because of a hospital's Safety Grade".

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