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4 Wisconsin Hospitals Get ‘D’ Safety Grade

The nonprofit Leapfrog group released its bi-annual round of hospital safety grades. See how your hospital scored.

The hospital safety grades are released by the nonprofit group twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. (Image Via Shutterstock)

Four hospitals in Wisconsin received a “D” grade in hospital safety, according to new fall 2019 ratings released Thursday by the Leapfrog Group. The nonprofit group found that of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded in the country, 33 percent earned an A grade, a 1 percent increase from the last round of safety grades, released in Spring 2019.

The study also cited 23 Wisconsin hospitals for having excellent safety precautions, garnering an A grade. Read more about them here.

The Leapfrog Group explains that its rating system is focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The hospital safety grades are released by the nonprofit group twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

Maine, Utah, Virginia, Oregon and North Carolina had the highest percentage of hospitals that received an A grade. Three states — Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota — did not have a single hospital that received an A grade.

Here are the grades Wisconsin hospitals were given by the Leapfrog Group. The Following hospitals earned “D” grades in the study:

Ascension All Saints Hospital – Spring Street Campus
3801 Spring Street, Racine
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Ascension St. Francis Hospital
3237 South 16th Street, Milwaukee
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Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital
2251 North Shore Drive, Rhinelander
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Howard Young Medical Center
240 Maple Street, Woodruff
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The release of the Fall 2019 safety grades coincides with the 20th anniversary of a published report that revealed nearly 100,000 lives are lost every year because of preventable medical errors.

“In stark contrast to 20 years ago, we’re now able to pinpoint where the problems are, and that allows us to grade hospitals,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in a press release. “It also allows us to better track progress. Encouragingly, we are seeing fewer deaths from the preventable errors we monitor in our grading process.”

Leapfrog assigns A,B,C,D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States. Leapfrog explains that the safety grade includes performance measures taken from federal government data and the group’s own hospital survey to “produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.” The group relies on a panel of experts to select the measures used in the methodology and to develop a scoring system. (You can read more about the letter grades here.)


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