- Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer
National nonprofit health care ratings organization the Leapfrog Group recently released its hospital safety grades.
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.
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Area hospitals earning an “A” grade for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States include:
- Kettering Health’s Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton
- Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital in Fairfield
- Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center in Middletown
- TriHealth’s Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton
- TriHealth’s McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford
- UC Health’s West Chester Hospital in West Chester Twp.
Also making “A” grades in Southwest Ohio were TriHealth’s Bethesda North, plus Mercy Health’s Anderson Hospital, Clermont Hospital, Fairfield Hospital, West Hospital and The Jewish Hospital.
TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital earned a “B” and UC Health - University of Cincinnati Medical Center earned a “C” grade.
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year and it awards fewer than 850 “A” grades.
Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public via www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment. We congratulate the clinicians, management and staff of West Chester Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”