Which Colorado hospitals get high and low scores for safety?

Nearly one-third of participating Colorado hospitals received the highest grade possible for safety practices in a recent report from The Leapfrog Group, a national consumer-health watchdog organization.

Fourteen of the 43 hospitals that Leapfrog examined received an “A” grade for their ability to protect patients from accidents, injuries and infections, while another 17 received a grade of “B.” Twelve received a grade of “C” — a number that was up one from the semiannual spring report of the group, and none in the state received a “D” or an “F.”

Three hospitals — Mercy Regional Medical Center of Durango, Porter Adventist Hospital of Denver and Rose Medical Center of Denver — received a grade of “A” for the fifth full year in a row. Those are the only facilities to have scored straight As in the report, done by Leapfrog in collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health.

“Highlighting the strong safety efforts of Colorado hospitals helps us further our mission to improve health-care quality and transparency in Colorado,” said Donna Marshall, CBGH executive director. “We especially congratulate our ‘A’ hospitals for setting a sterling example for the entire community and encourage all hospitals to continue making patient safety their top priority.”

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