The two hospitals are part of WellStar Health System, which is the largest health system in Georgia. Hawaii moved up from 36th in 2012 to third, while OR moved up from 48th in 2012 to eighth.
"Errors and infections in hospitals are the third-leading cause of death in America, and people deserve to know which of their hospitals are best at preventing them", said Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog, in an announcement. Maryland hospitals - which previously had been the only hospitals exempt from public reporting at the national level due to a federal waiver - performed poorly in their first grading, ranking Maryland among the bottom 10 states. Wisconsin's ranking increased from 44th to sixth, and Idaho increased from 19th to fourth.
"Patient safety and quality improvement are top priorities in health care, and at Keck Hospital, we are always challenging ourselves to find new opportunities to elevate care and eliminate patient harm", says Stephanie L. Hall, MD, chief medical officer of Keck Medicine of USC.
No Maryland hospitals in the D.C. area got F grades, and one got an A. The most dramatic turnaround has been in Rhode Island, which ranked 50 in 2012 but earned the top spot in the fall 2017 grades with five of its seven hospitals earning "A" grades.
"This "A" rating for our hospital from The Leapfrog Group is a confirmation of the steadfast commitment to enhancing patient safety by HSHS St. Anthony's colleagues and medical staff", said Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital.
Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Calif.
Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, Calif. The hospital went from scoring a "D" in spring 2015, to receiving an "A" on the last three reports.
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center: D "We don't believe our grade is a reflection of the care we give at Shady Grove".
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport, Fla. "Hospitals even in the same system perform completely differently, or even hospitals in the same community".
Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, N.Y.