|Hospital safety ratings|| || || || |
|National watchdog Leapfrog just issued its latest safey ratings for U.S. hospitals. || || || || |
|Hospital||Fall 2018||Spring 2018||Fall 2017||Spring 2017|
|Greene Memorial Hospital||A||Not Scored||B||A|
|Upper Valley Medical Center||B||A||A||A|
|Sycamore Medical Center||B||B||B||A|
|Soin Medical Center||C||C||C||B|
|Miami Valley Hospital||C||C||C||C|
|Kettering Medical Center||C||A||B||B|
|Grandview Medical Center||C||B||B||A|
|Source: Leapfrog|| || || |
Hospitals internally monitor quality of care and provide quality measurements to U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, to insurance companies, to the Joint Commission and others. Hackenbracht said hospitals are constantly evaluating and reviewing the best ways to keep patients safe.
Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia was the only hospital to get an overall A this round out of the hospitals in Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties.
Upper Valley Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center received Bs and the other hospitals received Cs. None of the hospitals improved grades between the spring and fall report cards.
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Brenda Kuhn, chief quality officer at Kettering Health Network, said the data used in the new round of Leapfrog grades is from 2015, 2016 and 2017 and doesn’t show current metrics.
“While its disappointing, it’s not a surprise because the data is so old. So as we look at real-time data, we’re adjusting our focus as a network on our priorities to improve safety for our patients and their families,” Kuhn said.
While information from past years helps guide the hospital network, she said their day-to-day focus is on whether their current performance is where it needs to be. Kuhn said when trying to shop for the right care, a patient’s primary care provider can be a good resource for recommending the right specialists and procedures.
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Premier Health, which has three area hospitals, said in a statement that quality is at the core of its mission.
“Results can vary from one survey to the next and from one year to the next, and we welcome that third-party accountability,” Premier stated. “What doesn’t change is our focus on ensuring that we deliver the best possible care and experience for our patients.”
In Ohio, 42.7 percent of hospitals had an A rating, essentially unchanged from the 42.5 percent during the spring grading period.
Ohio is ranked 8th among states with the most A rated hospitals. New Jersey had the most A rated hospitals — 56.7 percent — while there were no A rated hospitals in Washington D.C., Delaware and North Dakota.
Leapfrog said the search tool can be used for research if your doctor referred you or a family member to a hospital for surgery, if you’re preparing to have a baby or if someone in your family has a chronic illness that could require immediate or consistent hospital care.
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While every person will have different ideas about what is most important to them, Leapfrog suggests checking out whether your hospital scores well on handwashing, infection in the blood and patient falls.
New this year to the grading system is a measure for prevention and identification of medication errors, which Leapfrog said was added because medication errors are the most common hospital error.
Leapfrog does not grade VA hospitals, specialty hospitals or children’s hospitals, so several local hospitals were not included in the rankings.