Three local hospitals keep A ratings

Maryland hospitals were given a grade for the first time by the Leapfrog Group and not all made the mark

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago was awarded the organization's highest grade, an "A" in patient safety.

No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A.

Binder said states with consistently good hospital grades show a state-wide, collaborative commitment to patient safety.

"Many hospitals have world-renowned doctors and equipment, but not all hospitals prioritize their patient's safety above all else".

It is the fourth consecutive "A" rating for McDowell Hospital.

"Our clinical leadership regularly reviews our hospital's patient care processes and compares our data to nationally recognized benchmarks and best practices". "UMC scored better than average in a majority of categories identified".

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Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center: D "We don't believe our grade is a reflection of the care we give at Shady Grove".

News4 reached out to every hospital on the list.

MI fell in state rankings from 19th in fall 2016 to 25th in spring 2017 in percentage of hospital with an "A" grade. 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. Just one received a "B", one a "C", three a "D" and two an "F". Four others received a B grade, and four were given a C grade. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals.

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety", Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said in a statement.

Using this online database, you can look up a specific hospital or search by community.

Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety.

You can read how the letter grade is calculated here.

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