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GBMC, UM St. Joseph earn A grades from national hospital safety group

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade from a national hospital-safety organization.

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, gives hospital safety grades twice per year based on categories that evaluate patient safety. The letter grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grades for spring 2020, measured how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, and infections.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, GBMC HealthCare has measures in place, beyond separating positive patients from patients who are not infected. These include tents outside of the emergency department where nurses and medical technicians can triage patients who are showing respiratory symptoms.

UM St. Joseph Medical Center received an A grade for the fourth consecutive grading period. This national recognition underscores UM St. Joseph’s vigilant and continuous work in protecting patients from harm and providing safe, quality health care.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for healthcare consumers throughout the nation. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

The Leapfrog Group rates more than 2,600 general acute care hospitals across the country, including 40 in Maryland. Hospitals are given a letter grade from ‘A’ through ‘F’ based on several factors, including medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The goal is to determine what a patient’s risk of injury or infection is if they are cared for at a given hospital.

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