Beaufort Memorial gets “A” for patient safety

Holyoke Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. In California, 25.1 percent (68 of 271) garnered the top grade. Almost 3,500 hospitals submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services between April 2015 and March 2016 to identify the top hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on health care quality, issued its latest scores last week.

California public health officials track a wide assortment of patient infections that can be acquired during a hospital stay. A recent state report noted progress in some areas, while other issues have been harder to address.

Advocate’s Director of Public Affairs for its North Region, Christine Vicik, noted that there are several independent organizations such as Leapfrog which measure hospital safety.

A USC Verdugo Hills Hospital spokeswoman said the facility is “continuously analyzing and enhancing our processes to maximize the quality of care we provide”.

Leapfrog is among the best-known entities that issue various types of hospital reviews.

In the category of infections, Beaufort Memorial scored as high as the best hospitals in the country. “Medicare actually requires hospitals to be rated by Leapfrog to determine their overall utility”.

“The Leapfrog Survey, which is entirely based on data, needs to be carefully considered in light of its controversial methodology, which is a subject of intense debate among health care providers and academic institutions across America”, he said.

The Philadelphia Patch reported that four other hospitals in Philadelphia earned “A” ratings: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Methodist Hospital Campus, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center also notched a B. Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center and Hemet Valley Medical Center each received a D. The score represents a hospital’s capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

A spokesman for San Francisco General didnt comment directly on the hospitals results, other than to say it didnt participate in Leapfrogs optional survey on safety procedures and training. More than half of the hospitals in states such as Oregon, North Carolina and MA achieved the highest score.

California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development also offers data on hospital quality and patient outcomes.

In addition to using Medicare as a source of data, Leapfrog also uses two voluntary surveys – one from Leapfrog, and another from the American Hospital Association.

With 11 Western New York hospitals ranked, what about the rest of the 27 listed by the New York State Department of Health?

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