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Danbury Hospital Gets a 'B,' New Milford a 'C' in Safety

Local hospitals ranked according to rating system developed by nonprofit coalition of employers and other groups that purchase health benefits.

Danbury Hospital was given a grade of "B" and New Milford Hospital a "C" by a national group concerned with hospital safety.

The ratings were given out and announced Monday by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Greenwich Hospital received an "A," as did St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, while Bridgeport Hospital was graded a "C." All the ratings, together with more information, are on the Hospital Safety Group website.

"The Leapfrog Group board has been frustrated with the lack of progress in improving patient safety, despite significant industry efforts over the past decade," David Knowlton, immediate past chair of The Leapfrog Group Board of Directors and chair of The Leapfrog Group’s Patient Safety Committee, said in a news release. “It is time for a game changer. It’s time to give American families the heads-up they need to protect themselves if they face the need for a hospital stay.”

A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Hospital Association questioned the accuracy of the survey, according to a report in The Stamford Advocate.

"We hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Missy June 09, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Would have been helpful if the criteria for rating these hospitals was at least mentioned. Are we talking about slippery floors, high incident of infection following procedures, doctor errors, etc. Quite a vague article on such a serious subject matter, should have been backed with more facts.
Cindy June 09, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Agree with Missy...what was the criteria for the rating? I like both Danbury and New Milford Hospital though I am upset that the birthing center at NMH will no longer exist. I have never had a bad experience from the staff at NMH or Danbury for that matter especially in emergency situations.
Brookfield Mom June 09, 2012 at 02:14 PM
On what factors are these ratings based? Are there parts of the hospital that are less safely managed than others? An overall score does not really give anyone enough information to be an informed patient. In the end, it's up to each person to advocate for themselves and their loved ones for safe medical care no matter where you are.
Aaron Boyd (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The Hospital Safety Score website states that information was taken from several federal regulatory agencies to "produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors." Here's a link to the full breakdown of the methodology: http://hospitalsafetyscore.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Final_ScoringMethodology_June2012.pdf.

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