National Hospital Safety Scores Released

Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety advocacy group, has released its lates set of hospital scores in terms of patient safety and the quality of medical care. In addition to rating individual hospitals, the Leapfrog Group noted that “many hospitals are making headway in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that kill or hurt patients, but overall progress is slow.”
“We are burying a population the size of Miami every year from medical errors that can be prevented. A number of hospitals have improved by one or even two grades, indicating hospitals are taking steps toward safer practices, but these efforts aren’t enough,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “During this time of rapid health care transformation, it’s vital that we work together to arm patients with the information they need and tell doctors and hospitals that the time for change is now.” One of the “key findings” in the Report reveals that New Hampshire is among four states with the smallest percentage of “A” hospitals. In fact, Catholic Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Elliot Hospital were rated “C” hospitals in the Report. If you’re interested in reviewing the hospital scores of other New Hampshire hospitals, click here.