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Marking its 10th anniversary of providing annual ratings, The Leapfrog Group recently released its 2022 letter-grade report for 3,000 hospitals across the US.

The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing patient safety and reducing harm in healthcare settings. Since 2000, the group has been working to improve the US healthcare system while providing information to patients to better guide their choices and reduce their chances of adverse events and serious medical errors.

The 2022 Leapfrog Safety Grade report allows consumers to explore healthcare facilities in their region and drill down into extensive metrics for each facility, including preventing patient harm, critical care, billing, maternity care, and much more. The reports are easy to understand and of use to any patient or family trying to make the best choice of where to obtain healthcare.  In  the Baltimore area, local facilities received a mix of ratings, for example:

  • A: Mercy Medical Center, Medstar Good Samaritan, University of Maryland, St. Joseph, UM Baltimore/Washington Medical Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • B: University of Maryland Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital/and Bayview, Medstar Union/and Harbor, Howard County General, Doctors Community Hospital
  • C: University of Maryland/Midtown Campus, Ascension Saint Agnes, Sinai Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Medstar Franklin Square
  • D: University of Maryland/Capital Region
  • F: Howard University Hospital

Leapfrog Group points to an overall improvement in rankings over the ten years the organization has collected and published this data.  Notably, dangerous healthcare association infections (HAIs) such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), and Clostridoides difficile (C. Diff) have declined by 22, 43, and eight percent, respectively.

Highlighted points of the report include:

  • The top ten states receiving the highest percentage of A grades include Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Idaho, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Virginia.
  • Overall, 30 percent of hospitals received an A, 28 percent received a B grade, 36 percent were accorded a C, six percent received a D grade, and one percent failed.
  • Unfortunately, there were no A-rated hospitals in the District of Columbia, North Dakota, or Vermont. The five hospitals listed in the DC region received grades from B to F.

Every patient would like to trust the skill and guidance offered by their healthcare provider.  Leapfrog acknowledges some medical facilities provider better care and service than others—forewarned is forearmed.

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