Jul 28, 2014

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

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.

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