In the Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2013 update of its Hospital Safety Score, 780 out of 2,514 analyzed hospitals get an “A” grade for their efforts to protect patients from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

Joining the top graders representing 31 percent of the hospitals are 638 with a B, 932 with a C, 148 with a D and 16 that flunked. About 74 percent of hospitals maintained the grade they last received in November 2012, with nearly 2 percent showing dramatic change by moving at least two grade levels up or down. The type of hospitals getting an A grade varied, with no class (academic, public, community, rural, etc.) dominating, according to Leapfrog.

States with the highest grades for safety, in order, were Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia and Illinois. States with the lowest grades, in order, were New Mexico, West Virginia, Oregon, Kansas and Nevada. While 80 percent of Maine hospitals got an A, only 6.7 percent of New Mexico hospitals had the top grade.

More information, including the checking of hospital scores within a geographic region, is available at The Leapfrog Group is an organization of large employers using their collective health care purchasing power to push for improved safety, quality and affordability.

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