Since 2012 when the scoring system began, Leapfrog Group says it has seen a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems and millions of averted patient harms.
For the last five grading periods, fall 2015 through fall 2017, Hilton Head Hospital was rated a "C".
The latest Hospital Safety Grades report released Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group demonstrates the large differences in patient safety between hospitals, even among those in the same state or region. 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.
Coastal Carolina Hospital scored a "C" from spring 2014 through spring 2016, but jumped up to an "A" on the last three reports.
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No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A. St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago was awarded the organization's highest grade, an "A" in patient safety.
Both Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital are owned by Tenet Healthcare. Despite the relatively small fluctuations in performance among hospitals overall, Binder said she has noticed consistent performance improvement among hospitals in certain states.
It is the fourth consecutive "A" rating for McDowell Hospital.
Beaufort Memorial Hospital went through the most progress of any local hospital, according to the Leapfrog report. Washington hospitals ranged from A-D.
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Binder said states with consistently good hospital grades show a state-wide, collaborative commitment to patient safety. If you want to sort the hospitals by grade, click on the "Fall 2017" column label.
Fifty-nine hospitals have earned an "A" ranking in each of the safety grades since its inception.
In Savannah, Memorial University Medical Center, Candler Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital all received a grade of "C". Its hospital safety grades, released every April and October since 2012, are aimed at encouraging patients to pay attention to safety when they choose hospitals.
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