Thirteen Seattle-area hospitals have received an “A” grade for patient safety in a ranking of hospitals across the United States.
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, began the ratings program in 2012. Leapfrog analyzes 28 measures of publicly available hospital data, including patient outcomes, responsiveness of hospital staff and the environment in which patients receive care. The analysis is based on criteria from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and other supplemental data sources.
Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center is the only hospital in Washington state and one of only 36 across the country to have received an “A” in every grading cycle since Leapfrog began the ratings program in 2012.
Other Seattle-area hospitals receiving an “A” are Swedish Medical Center First Hill; University of Washington Medical Center; Swedish Medical Center Ballard; Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue; Evergreen Health in Kirkland; Valley Medical Center in Renton; Swedish Edmonds Hospital; Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and Silverdale; St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor; St. Francis Hospital of Federal Way; and St. Joseph Medical Center of Tacoma.
Nationwide, 33% of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded received an “A.”
The release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Medicine’s report, "To Err is Human," which revealed nearly 100,000 lives are lost every year due to preventable medical errors.
“In stark contrast to 20 years ago, we’re now able to pinpoint where the problems are, and that allows us to grade hospitals,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It also allows us to better track progress. Encouragingly, we are seeing fewer deaths from the preventable errors we monitor in our grading process.”