Several Lehigh Valley hospitals earn top safety grade

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Conemaugh Memorial in Johnstown and UPMC Bedford received the top grade of "A" for fall 2017.

Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne all received A grades.

Over 120 hospitals were graded in Pennsylvania and 38 were awarded an "A".

About one-third of 59 IN acute care facilities surveyed by the LeapFrog Group received As IN a report released Tuesday. The hospital went from scoring a "D" in spring 2015, to receiving an "A" on the last three reports. "By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder said in a press release.

To see the grades of all 77 hospitals, click on "all hospitals" or "all cities".

United Medical Center: F "The Leapfrog survey data was collected before the Vertias health system took over the hospital", a spokesperson said.

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Sibley Memorial Hospital: B "As part of our commitment, we review and analyze hospital ratings with interest, such as those recently released by Leapfrog".

"We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of WellStar Douglas Hospital and WellStar Paulding Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". The number of hospitals that receive each letter grade is relatively consistent each year, although the latest report showed the smallest number of hospitals who received an F grade.

Leapfrog uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement to rank their hospitals, according to their website.

With 46.2 percent of participating hospitals receiving an A, Colorado ranked 10th in the USA and second among states in the Rocky Mountain West, behind only Idaho.

One state appears on the state rankings for the first time today, the state of Maryland.

The upshot is that Philly's number of "A" hospitals dropped to five. This places them among the top 31 percent of health care systems nationwide, and the top 30 percent in Florida.

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