Fewer hospitals in MI have 'A' grades for safety

Keck Hospital of USC Earns an “A” Grade for Patient Safety

"An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

The group assigns A, B, C, D, and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. These grades are based on errors, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is created to help consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Four hospitals have received straight As since the inception of the grading system in 2012: Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan) in Ann Arbor, Henry Food Allegiance Health in Jackson, Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Oakland County's Commerce Township. This fall, Leapfrog scored 2,632 hospitals, of which 832 earned As, 662 received Bs and 964 garnered Cs.

No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A. Although patient safety should be a top priority for all hospitals. You can see the specific grades here for CT.

"Our clinical leadership regularly reviews our hospital's patient care processes and compares our data to nationally recognized benchmarks and best practices".

A new survey of the nation's hospitals has been released. Six received an "A" grade, four received a "B" grade and five received "C" grades at the time. The fact that hospitals overall haven't improved performance in the last five years might be because they are inundated with many other kinds of public surveys and reports that also evaluate their performance, said Francois de Brantes, vice president and director of the Center for Payment Innovation at the Altarum Institute. Other states with significant improvement include OR, going from 48th in 2012 to eighth today, Hawaii from 36th to third, Wisconsin from 44th to sixth, and Idaho from 19th to fourth.

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking. This places them among the top 31 percent of health care systems nationwide, and the top 30 percent in Florida.