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Greenwood Leflore Hospital "Safety Grade" improves to "B"

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Early Thursday morning, the Leapfrog Group, a nation-wide non-profit healthcare safety and patient advocacy organization, issued its Spring 2021 hospital safety ratings.

Greenwood Leflore Hospital received a "B" grade in the report, up from last Fall's grade of "C", which was itself an improvement over last Spring's grade of "D" one year ago.

TTC's previous report on GLH's "D" rating last Spring may be seen here:
Greenwood Leflore Hospital "Safety Grade" Spring 2020

The report is based on the latest publicly available data from CMS, the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid, as well as upon Leapfrog hospital surveys, which collect data from the hospital administrators themselves.

Based on 27 different measures, the report attempts to provide an overall measure of patient safety. According to Leapfrog, patients treated in hospitals rated "D" or "F" are twice as likely to succumb to "avoidable deaths" as those treated in higher-rated hospitals.

This time in Mississippi, 11 hospitals gained an "A" rating, 9 a "B" rating, and 14 a "C" rating, and 3 a "D" rating. There were no "F" grades among the 37 hospitals rated in Mississippi by Leapfrog.

Local Hospitals received the following grades:
A - Baptist Memorial (Oxford)
B - NW MS Medical Center (Clarksdale)
B - Bolivar Medical Center (Cleveland)
B - DRMC (Greenville)
B - UMMC Grenada
B - Greenwood Leflore Hospital

Baptist Medical Center in Jackson received an A grade, while St. Dominic and University Medical Center received C grades.

According to the safety report, GLH scored below average in these areas:

  • blood infection
  • surgical site infection after colon surgery
  • C. diff. infection
  • dangerous bed sores
  • death from treatable serious complications
  • accidental cuts and tears
  • effective leadership to prevent errors
  • communication with nurses
  • responsiveness by staff to patient concerns
  • communication about discharge

The entire study results for GLH may be viewed here: GLH Hospital Safety Results, Spring 2021

John Pittman Hey
The Taxpayers Channel

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