Longmont United Hospital gets high patient safety grade

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"Not only are there now three "A" hospitals, but six additional hospitals received a "B" grade, having previously received a "C" or lower". Also receiving an "A" grade was Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

"We are proud to provide safe and excellent care for all patients across UNC Health Care, and appreciate the Leapfrog recognition", said Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care.

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has announced the spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Mid Coast Hospital the elite designation of "A" for its continued achievement in patient safety.

"This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

While some controversy may still surround the methodologies used in Leapfrog and other rankings, hospital leaders would do well to take a public and proactive approach to raising a poor grade as patients are watching.

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The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

The safety score is derived from data compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Hospital Association, Health Information Technology Supplement and Leapfrog's own survey.

To see Columbus Regional's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

Reports released this week show some local hospitals are making the grade. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. It is the only hospital in the Capital Region ranked among IBM Watson Health's 100 Top Hospitals. Florida Hospital North Pinellas has also received the Top General Hospital award twice, and is the only hospital in the state of Florida to receive the Top General Hospital award back-to-back for 2016 and 2017.

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