Several Lehigh Valley hospitals received an "A" grade for their dedication to safe care from the Leapfrog Group, an organization aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers.
Along with the 19 hospitals in MI earning an "A", 26 earned a "B", 28 earned a "C" and four earned a "D". Leapfrog's updated rankings placed Pennsylvania at number 25, with 30.16 percent of its hospitals receiving an "A" grade.
There were no reported F grades in the entire state.
The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact.
To see the grades of all 77 hospitals, click on "all hospitals" or "all cities". Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.
Coastal Carolina Hospital scored a "C" from spring 2014 through spring 2016, but jumped up to an "A" on the last three reports.
Sibley Memorial Hospital: B "As part of our commitment, we review and analyze hospital ratings with interest, such as those recently released by Leapfrog". Other states with significant improvement include OR, going from 48th in 2012 to eighth today, Hawaii from 36th to third, Wisconsin from 44th to sixth, and Idaho from 19th to fourth. The number of hospitals that receive each letter grade is relatively consistent each year, although the latest report showed the smallest number of hospitals who received an F grade.
Howard County General Hospital: A "This rating is an affirmation of the work we are doing to deliver quality outcomes, patient safety and the best overall experience", Steven C. Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital said. But the state agency has a full consumer report of all the in hospitals available on its website.
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). "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".