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Savannah hospitals receive ‘C’ grade from Leapfrog Group

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The 2016 hospital ratings have been released by the Leapfrog Group.

The non-profit grades 2,600 hospitals nationwide on performance standards set by national health agencies.

Keep in mind, this is just one of several types of organizations that grades and scores hospitals.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade ranks hospitals with an A, B, C, D or F. Between Memorial Health, St. Joseph's and Candler, all three received a C.

This month, the Leapfrog Group released their hospital safety grades for the spring of 2017. According to the non-profit's website, a team of experts grade hospitals nationwide based on patient feedback and hospital data.

Out of 114 hospitals in Georgia, 74 were graded. All three of Savannah's hospitals received a C.

Leapfrog breaks down the grade into five different categories including infections, surgery problems, prevention errors, safety problems and staff.

Georgia only has five level one trauma centers in the state, all of which received a C or a D.
Most hospitals in Georgia received a C. Only 13 got an A.

WTOC reached out to all three Savannah-area hospitals. Memorial Health sent us a statement:

The Leapfrog Group, a national organization dedicated to the quality and safety of healthcare, released its Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades on April 12. Memorial Health earned a “C” grade for this period. Our numerical score has once again improved since the previous rating period, which demonstrates our ongoing improvement efforts.

Memorial has been recognized nationally for quality by a number of healthcare ratings organizations, and we regularly share our quality data on our website. Our primary goal as a healthcare organization is to provide safe, reliable, high-quality care to our patients, and we will continuously seek opportunities to improve care.

 Officials from St. Joseph's/Candler Health System sent us this statement:

Understanding safety and outcomes in health care is something all patients should learn more about. Unfortunately, not all surveys provide the most meaningful and accurate comparison. Regardless of these surveys, St. Joseph’s/Candler is always improving our treatment protocols to improve patient safety while patients are in the hospital. 

But some surveys often contain very old data that is not reflective of those improvements. Additionally, the data is voluntarily submitted and not audited, making it hard for patients to accurately compare hospitals. ‎ Therefore, it is good to have sites that will provide some insight, but patients should seek multiple sources before making any determination about a hospital's safety.

Again, Leapfrog is just one of many organizations that rank and grade hospitals. Keep in mind, these grades are based on patient surveys and feedback as well as hospital data.

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