Best (And Worst) Hospitals In CT

November 21, 2019
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Hospitals in Connecticut could be getting safer! According to the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, Connecticut hospitals have drastically improved since the beginning of the year. Ranking number 40 in the Spring 2019 report, Connecticut now sits at number 17. That’s a 23 rank increase in just six months! 

Medical errors are still a leading cause of death in America, responsible for over 400,000 fatalities every year. Hospitals and medical centers must be held accountable for upholding high standards of care. Oversight in health and safety practices results in preventable accidents, putting patient’s lives at unnecessary risk.  

Connecticut Hospital Rankings 

Hospitals in the state may be improving, but it’s still imperative that Connecticut residents do their research before seeking medical care. Choosing a medical facility based on proximity over quality is not a sacrifice patients should have to make. The transparency provided by the Leapfrog Hospital Group helps patients choose the best facility for their health and avoid hospitals who do not prioritize safety.  

Out of the 24 Connecticut facilities rated in the Fall Leapfrog Hospital Grade Report, nearly 38 percent received an ‘A’ rating, five more facilities than in the Spring 2019 grades. Unfortunately, one hospital in Bridgeport received a ‘D’ rating this season when no facilities received a rating this low in the Spring.  

See where your local hospital landed in the full list of ratings below:  

A- Rating  

Bristol Hospital- Bristol 

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital- Torrington 

Johnson Memorial Medical Center- Stafford Springs 

MidState Medical Center- Meriden 

Sharon Hospital- Sharon 

St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center- Hartford 

Stamford Health- Stamford 

The William W. Backus Hospital- Norwich 

Windham Community Memorial Hospital- Willimantic 

B- Rating  

Danbury Hospital- Danbury 

New Milford Hospital- New Milford 

The Hospital of Central Connecticut- New Britain 

C- Rating  

Bridgeport Hospital- Bridgeport 

Day Kimball Hospital- Putnam 

Greenwich Hospital- Greenwich 

Griffin Hospital- Derby 

Hartford Hospital- Hartford 

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital- New London 

Middlesex Health- Middletown 

Saint Mary’s Hospital- Waterbury 

University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital- Farmington 

Yale-New Haven Hospital- New Haven 

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus- New Haven 

D- Rating  

St. Vincent’s Medical Center- Bridgeport  

How They Get The Grade 

The Leapfrog Group has provided transparency to patients across the country regarding hospital safety and health standards for nearly 20 years. Founded in 2000, this nonprofit has become highly respected in the health care industry for its grading system, creating a golden standard for hospitals to strive for. 

Since the grading system began, hospital safety ratings have noticeably been on the rise. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade reports are released twice a year to keep patients updated: once in May and again in October, both periods known for high rates of injuries.  

Each hospital or medical center evaluated is crucially reviewed in five main areas that can make-or-break the success of a facility:  

  • Infections
  • Problems with Surgery 
  • Practices to Prevent Medical Errors
  • Safety Problems
  • Doctors, Nurses & Hospital Staff

The Leapfrog Expert Panel derives each hospital’s grade by selecting, analyzing, and determining the weight of 28 measures of hospital safety based on three factors: evidence, the opportunity for improvement, and impact. Each measure is then defined into these two groups, which each make up 50 percent of the overall scores:  

  • Process/Structural MeasuresProcess Measures are how often facilities communicate with their patients, such as responding to questions or providing feedback. Structural Measures represent the environment and systems a hospital uses to serve patients, such as their computer systems. 
  • Outcome Measures: Outcome measures represent what happens to the patient while they are receiving care from a hospital. 

Patients deserve optimal health care every time they visit a hospital. By holding hospitals accountable for improving their levels of care, The Leapfrog Group has significantly impacted how these facilities are run and how/why patients are choosing their healthcare facilities. 

How To Stay Safe 

Unfortunately, not every hospital prioritizes health and safety as highly as others. To help keep you and your loved ones safe during any hospital visit, The Leapfrog Groups recommends taking the following simple steps: 

  • Prevent medication errors by understanding every medication you are prescribed and why. 
  • Protect your loved ones in the hospital by staying educated, asking questions, and sharing concerns.  
  • Prevent falls by wearing non-slip socks, using your call button for help, lowering the bed height and side rails, and knowing which medications could make you dizzy.  
  • Help family members in the hospital by being present for rounds, understanding their treatment plan, and taking notes. 
  • Talk to your doctor about their plan regarding medical errors.  

No one should have to suffer from subpar medical care. For more resources on how to keep you and your family safe in the hospitals, click here for more information from the Leapfrog Group. 

Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys  

Hospitals and medical centers have an obligation to prevent their patients from unforeseeable harm. If you or a loved has been injured due to the medical negligence of a health care facility, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any damages suffered. Contact our expert team of medical malpractice attorneys at Jacobs & Wallace for a free consultation and to explore your options. 

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