By: Donna Devita
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Check Your Connecticut Hospital Safety Ratings
When you or a family member is in need of urgent medical services, you want to make sure you are provided quality care in a facility that values public health and safety. The majority of patients will choose the closest hospital or medical facility in their area. Unfortunately, making a health decision based on convenience may not be the safest choice.
As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in America. All preventable!
Medical errors are more common than we would care to believe. And though hospitals generally have a reputation for being sterile environments, improper safety and health measures can sometimes leave patients in worse condition than when they arrived. Hospitals should be held accountable for improving their levels of care on a regular basis, and safety advocates like the Leapfrog Group decided to take a stance.
Connecticut Hospitals: Where They Stand
On the most recent list of Leapfrog hospital gradings, Connecticut ranked 30th in the nation- not the worst, but certainly not the best. Out of the 25 facilities rated in the state, less than half received an A or B rating, while the majority landed in the C rating category. None received an F, but one facility was given a disappointing D.
You Deserve Optimal Healthcare
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the nation. No one should have to settle for subpar healthcare because of where they live and what they can afford. Contracting diseases and illnesses from a hospital for lack of proper safety and health procedures is inexcusable and our team is here to help you fight back. Contact Jacobs & Wallace at (203) 332-7700 for a free consultation to discuss your options on seeking justice for medical malpractice in your case.
Bristol Hospital in Bristol
Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam
Middlesex Hospital in Middletown
St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford
Stamford Health in Stamford
The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich
University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington
Griffin Hospital in Derby
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London
Windham Hospital in Willimantic
Danbury Hospital in Danbury
Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich
Hartford Hospital in Hartford
MidState Medical Center in Meriden
Milford Hospital in Milford
New Milford Hospital in New Milford
Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk
Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury
St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport
The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain
Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury
Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven
Yale-New Haven Saint Raphael Campus in New Haven
Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport
The Standard in Hospital Grading
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 focused on informing the public about which hospitals and medical centers they can trust. With the belief that healthcare should be transparent, Leapfrog has been rating medical facilities for almost 20 years and has created a standard grading system to help hospitals improve their health and safety practices around the country.
How The Ratings Work
Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade reports are released twice a year. Since the grading system began, hospital safety ratings have noticeably been on the rise. The rating system focuses on five main areas that can make-or-break the success of a hospital:
- Problems with Surgery
- Practices to Prevent Error
- Safety Problems
- Doctors, Nurses & Hospital Staff
Using performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and several other reputable organizations, each hospital is assigned a letter grade for their overall ability to keep patients safe from preventable medical errors. The public can then view all the choices for medical care in their area and get a comprehensive comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of each facility.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Jacobs & Wallace on: (203) 332-7700 for a free case evaluation.