The latest update to the Hospital Safety Score is posted, giving letter grades to hospitals around the country, including right here in Southern New Hampshire.
The list focuses on preventable medical errors such as injuries, accidents, and infections, and this year's scores show that hospitals are making some progress, but many still have a long way to go to reliably deliver safe health care.
For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score now identifies “D” and “F” hospitals that represent the most hazardous environments for patients in need of care.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, and administered by the independent, national nonprofit organization The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog). The Safety Score, released Nov. 28, accounts for the data updated over the last six months, most covering hospital performance in 2011, and uses a modified methodology based on research and public comments. Read the full report here.
The lowest scoring hospital in this area was Lawrence General, which was graded "D." Elliot Hospital in Manchester received a "C." Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua and Parkland Medical Center in Derry all scored "B."