A report card for area hospitals

Dennis Brack | Rappahannock News

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit that evaluates 2,500 hospitals every six months, assigns a score of A to F based on performance in 28 categories related to the delivery of safe health care. The Washington, D.C.-based group is run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, according to a recent Sacramento Bee report.

How do our local hospitals rate? See the graphic above.

Safety scores are based on public data on medication errors, patient injuries and infections, according to the Bee.

A top grade of “A” helps patients assess the safety of a hospital. The higher the grade, the safer the hospital . . . but the ratings system is detailed. Find in-depth reports about local hospitals at hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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