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BRANSON NEWS: MISSOURI — A nationwide hospital safety analysis has found that 19 hospitals in Missouri received an “A” grade for preventing medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections, which collectively are the third leading cause of death in America. On the flip side, 3 hospitals received a “D” or worse. The Leapfrog Group released its bi-yearly hospital safety grades on Tuesday, finding that hospitals overall have improved in reducing the number of avoidable deaths. The group assessed roughly 2,500 hospitals. Of those, 30 percent earned an “A,” 28 percent earned a “B,” 35 percent a “C,” 6 percent a “D” and 1 percent an “F.” “The national numbers on death and harm in hospitals have alarmed us for decades. What we see in the new round of Safety Grades are signs of many hospitals making significant improvements in their patient safety record,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said in a release. The assessment system assigns school-style letter grades to general acute-care hospitals. The hope is to determine a patient’s risk of further injury or infection if they visit a certain hospital. Here are the full list of hospital grades. These Missouri Hospitals received an “A” grade. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. LouisCenterpoint Medical Center, IndependenceDes Peres Hospital, St. LouisFreeman Health System, JoplinGolden Valley Memorial Healthcare, ClintonLee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s SummitMercy Hospital Jefferson, FestusMercy Hospital Joplin, JoplinMercy Hospital St. Louis, St. LouisMercy Hospital Washington, WashingtonMissouri Delta Medical Center, SikestonNortheast Regional Medical Center, KirksvilleOzarks Medical Center, West PlainsSaint Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s SummitSSM Health DePaul Hospital — St. Louis, BridgetonSSM Health St. Clare Hospital — St. Louis, FentonSt. Anthony’s Medical Center of St. Louis, St. LouisSt. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas CitySt. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue SpringsAt the bottom of the list were Cox Medical Center Branson, Hannibal Regional Hospital and St. Alexius Hospital —Broadway Campus. All received a “D”. Among the findings …
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