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Keck Hospital of USC Earns an “A” Grade for Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group awarded a top "A" grade for patient safety in its fall 2017 Safety Grade rankings to the Kaiser location based on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections.

With 46.2 percent of participating hospitals receiving an A, Colorado ranked 10th in the US and second among states in the Rocky Mountain West, behind only Idaho.

Leapfrog gave 159 hospitals in the U.S. D grades and 15 hospitals received failing marks.

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The hospital grades were released as officials announced that a doctors group associated with George Washington University will take over emergency medical services at United Medical Center (UMC). Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals. "An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

"What we've learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety", she said. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety". Hawaii moved up from 36th in 2012 to third, while OR moved up from 48th in 2012 to eighth.

Keck Hospital's "A" grade reflects its strict adherence to comprehensive quality and safety programs, as well as a number of successful initiatives aimed at preventing patient harm and achieving high reliability. Maryland hospitals - which previously had been the only hospitals exempt from public reporting at the national level due to a federal waiver - performed poorly in their first grading, ranking Maryland among the bottom 10 states. About a third of hospitals overall earned an "A" from Leapfrog: 832 of the 2,632 hospitals rated this fall.

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Leapfrog surveys more than 2,600 hospitals across the US, of which less than one-third received the "A" rating on the report.

WellStar Douglas and WellStar Paulding hospitals remain in the top of the class, ranked with the safest hospitals in Georgia by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a news release stated.

Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne all received A grades.

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