How safe is your hospital?


Want to know how your hospital ranks in safety?
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades (formerly known as Hospital Safety Scores) are assigned to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually. The Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety.
Leapfrog’s methodology:

  • Leapfrog works under the guidance of a seven-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel to select 30 measures and develop a scoring methodology. The Expert Panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country — MDs and PhDs from major universities, such as Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University.
  • The data for Leapfrog’s scoring are national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
  • Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade (A, B, C, D) that represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

Note: A hospital must have enough safety data available for Leapfrog’s experts to issue it a letter grade. At this time, Leapfrog is unable to assign a grade to military or VA hospitals, critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, children’s hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, etc. Leapfrog is studying ways to rate them in the future.
To find out the safety grade of your hospital:

  1. Click here or go to https://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/your-hospitals-safety-grade/about-the-grade.
  2. At the top of the page is a green horizontal bar “How Safe is Your Hospital?”. Select your city/state or search by your zip code.

You’ll be surprised by the ratings. As an example, a hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas — Mercy Hospital — has a top “A” grade, whereas a hospital in San Francisco, CA — Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (formerly, San Francisco General Hospital) — is rated the lowest grade of “D”.
So what grade did your hospital get?
~Eowyn

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Christian Zionist
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before going in any hospital, you need to ask what the infection rate is…MRSA, staph, etc.

Alma
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Alma

They’ll never reveal what infections really lurk in every corner. The operating rooms are cold storages so that the cold doesn’t harbor any BACTERIA, though your stay there may be short but you went there with one problem and return home with many others. There’s no sanitation, they should get rid of the boxes where needles are dropped and out of the rooms, that is unsafe and dangerous to patients’ health.

josephbc69
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And Zuckerberg is whom… donated funds or what role did the family serve?

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Wonderful information, thank you. As we were growing up there was a saying around the county, that XXX hospital is where you go to die.
Their service was horrendous and you could wait for hours,and hours for an emergency.
I just looked it up and it is rated as an A. Good to know, since we will move soon.

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

the only “safe” hospital is the one you don’t visit….

josephbc69
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The Navaho, MomOfIV, have a saying that “The hospital is where the white man goes to die.” Navaho, Hopi, and others prefer to stay at home for their ends, w/family.

daveyone1
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Steven Broiles
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My father had developed an aortic aneurysm and had been sent to a hospital in Florida. As what was said to be standard procedure, doctors implanted a pacemaker. Then the infection developed. He was fed IV antibiotics. Too late. Less than 46 days later, he was dead. The infection could have come from anywhere—even from the air. Dad was 75 and in failing health, regardless. After having been in a wheelchair for the last 49 years of his life, he would have been gone by now, anyway. But we learned that hospitals contradict their true purpose and wind up killing… Read more »

CalGirl
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So sorry Steven. My dad also died (many years ago, but it still seems like yesterday to ME) in Florida at age 68 from a (known) aortic anuerism that had been repaired (at John’s Hopkins in Baltimore a decade earlier)……the difference here between your experience and mine was that my dad was undergoing treatment for another (non-fatal) situation, in which his coumadin (blood thinner—due to his aortic anuerism repair of the decade earlier) was being “adjusted” so the prodedure could take place……but, it was not successfully regulated and he had a clot form on his heart valve that held it… Read more »

DCG
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My local hospital got a B.

Dave
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Dave

Mine has rated a solid “B” for four years running.
If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.
No joke.

DCG
Admin

And for that we are thankful ?

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

Mine isn’t even there,but they probably just haven’t made it to my town yet;I thought it odd that another Hospital,in Reno,got an A rating despite its local nickname of “Saint Slaughter”. And the one I always went to when I lived in Reno got a D,for infections,poor communications between Dr’s and patients about medications,between Dr’s and Nurses,Dr’s and Patients,Nurses and Patients (Damn!! Does ANYONE talk to ANYONE ELSE there?? Oh well-what could possibly go wrong THERE?)

CP
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CP

Good to know…thanks for sharing.