Connecticut hospitals continue to improve their health and safety measures, but it’s not enough to put them in the top rankings. In the Fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, Connecticut hospitals dropped in the state rankings from 23 in Spring 2022 to 31. While zero facilities received a D or F rating this season, the number of Connecticut hospitals receiving an A rating was only 25% this Fall compared to 31.1% in the Spring.
Medical errors remain a leading cause of death in our country, responsible for over 250,000 fatalities annually, according to a new study by John Hopkins Medicine. Hospitals should be held accountable for upholding high standards of care for patients, especially in a post-COVID world. When safety and health practices oversight leads to preventable injuries, prospective patients should be made aware.
Connecticut Leapfrog Hospital Rankings
Hospitals in Connecticut were on an upward path of improvement, but something happened in the last six months that halted progress. Dropping eight rankings since Spring is a big deal. Here is a comprehensive list of how each Connecticut hospital ranked:
- Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs
- The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich
- University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington
- Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam
- Hartford Hospital, Hartford
- Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich
- Middlesex Hospital, Middletown
- Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London
- Windham Community Memorial Hospital, Willimantic
- Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven
- Griffin Hospital, Derby
- Yale New Haven Hospital - Saint Raphael Campus, New Haven
- Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury
- MidState Medical Center, Meriden
- St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford
- The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain
- Sharon Hospital, Sharon
- Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport
- St. Vincent's Medical Center Holdings, Inc, Bridgeport
- Stamford Health, Stamford
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington
- Bridgeport Hospital Milford Campus, Milford
- Danbury Hospital, Danbury
- Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester
- Bristol Health, Bristol
- New Milford Hospital, New Milford
- Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk
- Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury
How Does Leapfrog Get the Grade
The Leapfrog Group has provided transparency regarding American healthcare to patients for over 20 years. Their Hospital Safety Grading System has become the golden standard for hospitals to strive for and has encouraged medical centers to make notable improvements over the years.
Leapfrog scores each facility using a letter grading system from A to F, covering 28 measures of hospital safety proven to reduce injuries and fatalities in hospitals. These measures are then split into five main categories:
- Problems with Surgery
- Safety Problems
- Practices to Prevent Medical Errors
- Doctors, Nurses & Hospital Staff
After analyzing and determining the weight of each measure, a Hospital Safety Grade is determined based on three factors: evidence, the opportunity for improvement, and impact. The reports display how each facility scored on all 28 measures. You can even see when hospitals refuse to provide information on certain measures to help you decide on an appropriate facility.
Do Your Research
Unfortunately, not all hospitals and medical centers will be as safe as others. Your health and safety are important. Do research before an emergency or treatment to determine which facility near you will best meet your needs. For more information on each hospital's performance, visit the Connecticut Hospital Ranking page.
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