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Maryland still on the bottom of hospital ranking list

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 08:35:22-04

When it comes to preventing things like infections and accidents, how well does your hospital do?

A public service group called Leapfrog has released its latest report card of hospital grades and Maryland is toward the bottom of the pack. Our state did do slightly better this time than the last round of rankings which was in the fall, but we're still in the bottom five of the national list.

RELATED: Maryland hospitals graded fourth worst in country by Leapfrog Group

41 hospitals in our state were graded and there were lots of C's, a few D's, and one F at Fort Washington Medical Center.

Leapfrog releases its grades twice a year and they use information provided by the hospitals on patient safety. They're looking at things like errors, accidents, injuries, and infections.

Three hospitals in Maryland did receive an 'A': Howard County General, Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Leapfrog's president says the state is making some strides in improving patient safety. Six hospitals that had received a grade 'C' or lower last fall bumped up to a 'B' this year.

“The Commission, in serving our citizens, has made transparency in hospital price and performance a top priority for the state of Maryland.  This kind of public information can establish new and higher benchmarks for further progress.” Ben Steffen, the Executive Director of MHCC stated: “New initiatives in Maryland are seeming to gain momentum on patient safety.”

To see the full list of rankings, click here.