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Leapfrog Hospital Grade “D”

LVMC Grade Declines From C To D
Leapfrog Hospital Grade
Leapfrog Hospital Grade for Fall, 2018

November 12, 2018.  There’s plenty of important work to do for the new Board members. The Leapfrog Hospital Grade for LVMC has dropped from a C grade in the Spring of 2018 to a D grade for the Fall of 2018. This reflects a deteriorating quality of care. Out of 2,571 Leapfrog rated hospitals, LVMC was rated in the lower 162 out of 2,571 hospitals. That’s not good. The lower grade reflects directly on the COO’s management of LVMC.

According to an analysis of the Leapfrog data by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, a D grade means a 49.8% greater chance of avoidable death at LVMC,  compared to an A Grade hospital. 

How The Leapfrog Hospital Grade Is Determined

To calculate the grade Leapfrog used data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Hospital Association’s annual survey, CDC, CMS, and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

However, LVMC declined to report on various measures including the simple practice of handwashing. Why would the hospital refuse to report on handwashing by hospital staff?

      LVMC Declined to Report The Following Data

  1. Specially trained doctors for ICU patients.
  2. Effective leadership to prevent errors.
  3. The staff works together to prevent errors.
  4. Track and reduce risks to patients.
  5. Enough qualified nurses.
  6. Handwashing.

View the details for the D Grade.

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