Three area hospitals - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital - retained their A grades in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report for fall 2017. In the spring, 27 hospitals earned A's.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades from A to F are assigned to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually.
"Safe, high-quality patient care is a priority of St. Catherine Hospital", said Leo Correa, CEO.
IN ranks in the middle of the country for its hospitals' safety grades.
Leapfrog gave fifteen hospitals an "F" grade, but none of them are in Washington state. The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago.
Bridgeport Hospital was the only location in CT to receive below a "C" grade.
Along with the 19 hospitals in MI earning an "A", 26 earned a "B", 28 earned a "C" and four earned a "D".
Leapfrog surveys more than 2,600 hospitals across the USA, of which less than one-third received the "A" rating on the report.
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.
Binder said states with consistently good hospital grades show a state-wide, collaborative commitment to patient safety. Rita Numerof, president and co-founder of consultancy Numerof & Associates, said "There should be no correlation between safety rates and socioeconomic status." de Brantes agreed, saying hospitals can control the processes in place to ensure the care they provide is safe. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
"We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of WellStar Douglas Hospital and WellStar Paulding Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first".
Several hospitals across in the greater Philadelphia area also received "A" grades. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".