No hospital in the Oklahoma City metro area received higher than a B in a recent nationwide study grading hospital safety.
The Leapfrog Group recently released its Hospital Safety Score, individual A through F grades for more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States.
The organization is an independent nonprofit health care advocacy organization launched in 2000.
Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score grades each hospital using 26 measures of care. However, not everyone agrees on the way the grade is measured.
The American Hospital Association has stated that many of the measures Leapfrog uses to grade hospitals are flawed and do not accurately portray the safety efforts made by hospitals, according to the Oklahoma Hospital Association.
To create the score, Leapfrog uses data it collects from its hospital surveys. It also uses information compiled from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to its website.
The score represents a hospital's overall performance “in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors,” according to Leapfrog's website.
Among the hospitals in Oklahoma City, Mercy Hospital, Integris Baptist Medical Center and St. Anthony Hospital received B's. Deaconess Hospital, Integris Southwest Medical Center, Lakeside Women's Hospital and Community Hospital received C's. OU Medical Center's score was pending at the time of publication.
Of the 42 hospitals in Oklahoma that were included, five received A's — Ponca City Medical Center, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid, Duncan Regional Hospital, Claremore Regional Hospital and Henryetta Medical Center.