Maryland Hospital GradesJune 5, 2019
According to the latest hospital safety ratings released by the Leapfrog Group, 10 hospitals in Maryland received an A grade, based on the number of errors, accidents, injuries, and infections that were reported. However, five hospitals received a D grade, 14 received a C grade, and 11 were given B grades. Fortunately, none of the hospitals in Maryland received an F, which was an improvement from last year. Overall, the grades have improved across the state since the fall of 2018.
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization that releases its safety ratings every year in the spring and fall. Out of the 2,600 hospitals nationwide that were graded, Leapfrog found that 32 percent received an A grade this spring, which is that same number as the fall 2018 rankings. In Maryland, there was a 20 percent increase in the number of hospitals that received an A grade in the spring compared to the fall 2018 rankings. Leapfrog was not able to include Maryland in the rankings prior to 2017 because a federal waiver allowed Maryland to be exempt from reporting key safety metrics.
The spring 2019 safety grades for Maryland hospitals had either improved or were unchanged from the fall of 2018. The following is a list of the hospitals in Maryland that received the best and worst grades:
- Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis
- Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson/Baltimore
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown
- Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore
- Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury
- Suburban Hospital, Bethesda
- University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata
- University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson
- Doctors Community Hospital, Lanham
- Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Germantown
- Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring
- Agnes Hospital, Baltimore
- University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center, Cheverly
The Leapfrog Group found that patients who are treated at the D-rated hospitals have a 92 percent greater risk of a preventable death compared to patients who are treated at A-rated hospitals. Even hospitals with a B or C rating put patients at risk. At C-rated hospitals, patients face an 88 percent greater risk, and patients at B-rated hospitals face a 35 percent greater risk. According to the researchers’ estimates, if all hospitals took the necessary steps to improve their safety rating to an A, 50,000 lives could be saved. While thousands of lives have been saved as a result of the progress made thus far, too many patients die needless deaths while being cared for in hospitals in the United States, said the president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.
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