Virginia, DC Hospital Safety Grades: See The Best And The Worst

Forty-one out of 68 Virginia hospitals received an A in hospital safety, according to new grades released by The Leapfrog Group this week. No hospitals received “D” or “F” grades. In Washington, D.C., there were no “A” grades given out, but three “D” and two “F” grades were released.

The hospital safety grades are released by the nonprofit group twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The grades released on Tuesday showed that five states — Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho — showed significant improvement since the safety grades were first implemented in 2012.

“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,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said in a press release.

Medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections are taken into account by Leapfrog when calculating the grades. The goal of the rankings is to determine a patient’s risk of further injury or infection if they visit a certain hospital.

Leapfrog assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States. Leapfrog explains that the safety grade includes 27 measures that are taken together to produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The group uses performance measures from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (You can read more about the letter grades here, and see the full list of Georgia hospital grades.)

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Here are the Virginia hospitals that received “A” grades, according to Leapfrog:

  • Augusta Health, Fishersville
  • Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk
  • Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News
  • Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Mechanicsville
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Midlothian
  • Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital of Richmond, Richmond
  • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Christiansburg
  • CJW Medical Center – Johnston-Willis Campus, Richmond
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands
  • Fauquier Hospital, Warrenton
  • Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Richmond
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria
  • John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon
  • LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany
  • LewisGale Medical Center, Salem
  • Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg
  • Norton Community Hospital, Norton
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, Culpeper
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center, Manassas
  • Parham Doctors’ Hospital, Richmond
  • Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, Williamsburg
  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Hampton
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Woodbridge
  • Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Virginia Beach
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center, Harrisonburg
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Virginia Beach
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg
  • Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion
  • Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Fredericksburg
  • Stafford Hospital, Stafford
  • Twin County Regional Healthcare, Galax
  • Virginia Hospital Center–Arlington Health System, Arlington
  • Warren Memorial Hospital, Front Royal
  • Winchester Medical Center, Winchester
  • Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville,

Here are all Washington, D.C., hospitals graded:

  • Sibley Memorial Hospital, B
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, C
  • George Washington University Hospital, D
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center, D
  • Providence Hospital of Washington, D
  • Howard University Hospital, F
  • United Medical Center, F
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Leapfrog notes that of the 2,632 hospitals graded in Tuesday’s update, 832 earned an “A,” 662 a “B,” 964 a “C,” 159 a “D” and 15 an “F.”

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Originally published Nov 2, 2017.

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