The fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assessed more than 2,600 hospitals across the country and found that serious harm or death from medical errors are problematic across the nation. In Northwest Georgia, most area hospitals scored an “A” with one “B” (scores and links below).
The independent, nonprofit grading system assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States. Administered on behalf of employers and other purchasers, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the nation’s only rating system focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is reviewed by a National Expert Panel and receives guidance from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.
Across all states, additional Hospital Safety Grade findings include:
- Of more than 2,600 hospitals graded, 32 percent earned an “A,” 24 percent earned a “B,” 37 percent a “C,” 6 percent a “D” and just under 1 percent an “F”
- Impressively, 42 hospitals nationwide have achieved an “A” in every grading update since the launch of the Safety Grade in spring 2012
Area hospitals receiving As:
Redmond Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A.’ “At Redmond, our team is committed to providing excellent patient care, every time,” said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center. “Receiving an A Safety Grade is validation of our team’s dedication to our community and the patients we serve every day. I’m very proud of our team and I’m honored to work alongside them.”
Cartersville Medical Center. View the scorecard. From Facebook: “We’ve received our fifth consecutive “A” Grade in Hospital Safety by The Leapfrog Group.”
Gordon Hospital, Calhoun: View the scorecard.
Area hospitals receiving Bs:
Click to see all Georgia hospitals.