Georgia’s “A’' hospitals include smaller rural facilities as well as large urban and suburban medical centers. Piedmont Healthcare, the largest hospital system in the state, had six facilities make the top grade.
Nationally, 32 percent of hospitals earned an “A’' grade. The five states with the highest percentages of “A” hospitals are Virginia, North Carolina, Idaho, Massachusetts and Colorado.
The grades are compiled using information from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and other supplemental data sources.
Founded in 2000 by large employers, the Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit focused on improving the quality and safety of American health care.
“As the pandemic continues, we all have heightened awareness of the importance of hospitals in our communities and in our lives,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said in a statement. “It is critical that all hospitals put patient safety first. Now we have more information on more hospitals than ever before, so people can protect themselves and their families.”
To look up a hospital’s grade, go to https://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/
Andy Miller is editor of Georgia Health News.