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Hospital Grade: The best in the Nashville area

A nationwide hospital safety analysis has found that nine hospitals in the Nashville area have received an "A" class to prevent medical errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, which together make up the third leading cause of death in America. Only one hospital received the grade "D".

The Leapfrog Group published the Hospital Safety Note every two years this week and found that overall the number of preventable deaths in hospitals has improved. The group evaluated around 2,500 hospitals. Of these, 30 percent earned an "A", 28 percent a "B", 35 percent a "C", 6 percent a "D" and 1

percent an "F".

"The national death and death numbers in hospitals have alarmed us for decades, and what we see in the new round of safety scores are signs that many hospitals are significantly improving their patient safety," said Leah Binder, president and CEO by Leapfrog, in a press release] The assessment system assigns grades to general acute care hospitals. The hope is to determine a patient's risk of further injury or infection when visiting a particular hospital.

See the full list of hospital grades in Nashville:

Grade A

  1. Northcrest Medical Center, Springfield
  2. St. Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville
  3. Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin
  4. Tristar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville
  5. Tristar Horizon Medical Center, Dickson
  6. Tristar Skyline Medical Center, Nashville
  7. Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center, Nashville
  8. Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville
  9. Williamson Medical Center, Franklin

Class B

  1. St. Thomas Rutherford Hospita l, Murfreesboro
  2. St. Thomas West Hospital, Nashville
  3. Tristar Hendersonville Medical Center, Hendersonville [194559007] TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Smyrna
  4. TriStar Summit Medical Center Hermitage [19659015] Class D

    1. Nashville General Hospital Nashville

    Among the nationwide findings, five hospitals that received "A" marks for the first time this year received the grade "F," the group said 46 hospitals received an "A" for the first time since the grading system began six years ago.

    Leapfrog said his analysis showed 89 hospitals that had previously received "D" or "F" ratings had improved to "A" this year.

    Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho all previously near the bottom of the state ranking with low percentages of "A" hospitals, but now all in the top 10

    Here are some of the other results: [19659027Thefivestateswiththehighestpercentageof"A"hospitalsthisspringincludeHawaiiIdahoRhodeIslandMassachusettsandVirginia

  5. The 10 states that have hospitals with "F" grades include: California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York.
  6. Leapfrog says you should not refuse emergency care because of a poor level of safety. They should serve as a guide for planned events and as a research tool for potential emergencies.

    Patch reporters Dan Hampton and Feroze Dhanoa have contributed to this report.

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