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We are happy to share that Colorado hospitals are among the top performing in the nation when it comes to keeping patients safe. The Leapfrog Group just released its Hospital Safety Scores and of the 41 Colorado hospitals that participate in the ranking, 28 received a score of B or higher, placing the state 10th nationwide for patient safety. The grades are based on how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm, including accidents, injuries, and infections.
Leapfrog, an independent nonprofit organization representing employers and purchasers of health care, assigns A, B, C, D or F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals.
Four Colorado hospitals have received “Straight As” since the inception of the Scores report in 2012. A total of 15 hospitals statewide received an A grade. Each assigned A, B, C, D or F grade is calculated under the guidance of top patient safety experts, which factor 28 measures of safety that are properly weighted via a developed algorithm.
On the other end of the spectrum, 13 Colorado hospitals received a grade C or D, indicating that more work remains to be done to improve safety. According to Leapfrog, statistics suggest more than 1,000 people nationwide die each day due to preventable hospital errors, with one in 25 contracting infections.
We are proud to partner with Leapfrog to distribute the Scores and will continue to encourage our local hospitals to keep their patients’ well being a top priority.
The Hospital Safety Scores methodology is 100-percent transparent and the score is free to the public. To view past and present grades awarded to your local hospital, click here and search by city, state or zip code. A Hospital Safety Score mobile app is also available for download through Apple’s App store or Google Play.