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Hospital safety grades released for Piedmont Columbus Regional and St. Francis Hospital

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) - Spring hospital safety scores are out for hospitals across the country. 

A watchdog organization known as the Leapfrog Group analyzes public data and offers a voluntary self-evaluation survey to hospitals, then compiles a letter grade for hospitals.

Piedmont Columbus Regional and St. Francis Hospital both received a 'C' in their Leapfrog report.

The Leapfrog Group looks at 27 measures to include processes and procedures to prevent errors, as well as the rates errors occur.

30 percent of hospitals receive an A, 28 percent receive a B, and 7 percent fall in the D-F range which makes C the average.

Negative factors lowering Piedmont Columbus Regional's score include a high rate of infections and high rate of foreign objects left in after surgery.

Negative factors impacting St. Francis Hospital include rates of cuts and tears during surgery and high rates of foreign objects left in after surgery.

"There are a lot of hospitals across the country that have received Cs, so this certainly doesn't mean avoid these hospitals, but there are a couple of things to be concerned about, and some things that these hospitals need to work on to get their performance up to the level of B and A hospitals," says Leapfrog's Director of Operations, Erica Mobley.

Leapfrog says Piedmont Columbus Regional has made improvements since the last set of scores came out in October 2017. 

According to the report, Piedmont Columbus Regional keeps medical errors at a minimum.

St. Francis Hospital scores well in communication procedures across most categories.

Leapfrog says both hospitals complete the voluntary survey which shows a commitment to transparency. 

"We do commend all hospitals that choose to be transparent about their performance, and really think that being public about how they are performing can be very effective in showing their community they are committed to improvements," says Mobley. 

You can see the full report for Piedmont Columbus Regional and St. Francis Hospital, plus check other hospitals near you by visiting LeapfrogGroup.org.


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