Dayton-area hospitals mostly received above-average scores on a hospital safety report released today that uses letter grades to rate how hospitals protect their patients.
All area hospitals scored passing grades on the semi-annual Hospital Safety Score report card from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that ranks hospitals on preventable safety issues, such as infections acquired in the hospital, bedsores or medication errors.
The grades are based the review of issues reported in Leapfrog’s annual hospital survey or to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, using methodology developed by a panel of national hospital safety experts.
Local hospitals have “no glaring concerns that jump out at me,” said Missy Danforth, senior director of hospital ratings at The Leapfrog Group. “But they all have a couple of things they could improve on, and I’m sure they’re working on those things.”
Kettering Medical Center was the only local hospital to score an A on the report card, ranking with the best performing hospitals in the country on key measures, such as surgery patients receiving the right antibiotics at the right time and receiving appropriate treatment to prevent blood clots.
“Patient safety is a priority across our organization,” said Teri Sholder, Chief Quality Officer at the hospital’s parent, Kettering Health Network. “We assess patient care delivery throughout the patient’s hospitalization, to ensure timely interventions and high quality outcomes. We continuously research patient safety recommendations, protocols and best practice approaches to minimize patient risk.”
Good Samaritan Hospital and Grandview Medical Center both scored B’s, while Miami Valley Hospital earned a C. The report card doesn’t include all hospitals because participation is voluntary.
“We monitor these results carefully and continue to work proactively on these measures,” said Diane Ewing, a spokeswoman for Miami Valley’s parent, Premier Health.
The grades were unchanged from the last time the report was updated in May, using mostly 2011 data reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Danforth said.
“We like to update the report whenever we get new data,” she said. “The majority of scores in the new report are based on data for 2012. Nationally, more than half of hospitals kept the same grade.”
Of the 2,514 hospitals covered in the latest update, 780 received an A, 638 received a B, 932 received a C, 148 received a D and 16 received an F, Leapfrog reported. Only about 2 percent of hospitals saw a big change in their safety scores up or down, Leapfrog officials said.
Leapfrog first released its report card in June 2012 and has updated it four times since then. The report also ranks states for overall hospital safety with Ohio ranking No. 21.
While some health experts have questioned Leapfrog’s methodology, “we feel very confident about the accuracy of our scores,” Danforth said.
She said the goal of the hospital safety score is to reduce yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm.
Research suggests that up to 440,000 patients each year die from preventable hospital errors, making hospital errors a leading cause of death in the United States, Danforth said.
“We’re burying a population the size of Atlanta every year, due to mishaps hospitals could have prevented,” she said.
Letter grades for area hospitals
Kettering Medical Center — A
Good Samaritan — B
Grandview — B
Miami Valley — C
Source: Leapfrog Group