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How Safe is Your Hospital?

In spring 2023, The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit healthcare watchdog, released hospital safety grades for 35 hospitals in Maryland, commending several for their top-notch patient safety protocols. However, the national average risk of deadly infections remains alarmingly high, with rates of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), central line-associated bloodstream infections, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections showing an uptick compared to pre-pandemic levels.


The report also highlighted a concerning decline in patient experience measures, particularly in communication from doctors. The Leapfrog Group emphasizes that these findings should act as a clarion call for hospitals to redouble their commitment to patient safety and bolster their resilience, as infections like these can pose life-threatening risks for certain patients.


Among Maryland hospitals, six received an exemplary A grade, while 13 earned a B grade, 14 received a C grade, and only two were rated D. None of the hospitals in Maryland received an F grade.


Here are the ratings according to the Leapfrog report:


A

- University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson

- The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

- Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center, Silver Spring

- Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis

- MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore

- MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore


B

- University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore

- Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

- MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore

- Suburban Hospital, Bethesda

- MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown

- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore

- MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore

- CalvertHealth Medical Center, Prince Frederick

- Northwest Hospital, Randallstown

- UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie

- Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center, Lanham

- Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center, Fort Washington

- Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Germantown


C

- Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring

- UM Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace

- Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore

- Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore

- MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Olney

- ChristianaCare – Union Hospital, Elkton

- Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster

- University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata

- University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, Baltimore

- Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson

- Howard County General Hospital, Columbia

- University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air

- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Clinton



- Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, Rockville


D

- University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, Upper Marlboro

- Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick


F

- None



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