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Concord Hospital earns A in safety from national survey group

Concord Hospital earned an “A” in a recent national grading of hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, which according to its web site is “a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans.”

Of the 2618 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 790, or 30 percent, earned an “A.”

Portsmouth Regional Hospital was the only other facility in the state to receive top-marks. More than 80 percent of hospitals in Maine and Massachusetts received “A” grades.

To calculate the scores, Leapfrog used 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. Hospitals that respond to the group’s survey might have received higher grades because there was more data available.

The report was released Nov. 28 and is mostly based on data from hospital visits in 2011.

Some hospitals did not have enough available data to be scored, including critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, and others. The full report is available at www.healthsafetyscore.org.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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