Washington Ranked 25th Nationally for Hospital Safety

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Washington Ranked 25th Nationally for Hospital Safety

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and Washington Health Alliance today announced the spring 2024 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The grades reflect preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections that together kill more than 500 people a day in the United States.

In this latest round of grading, Washington state remained 25th overall for percentage of hospitals with an “A” grade in safety.

“The Hospital Safety Grade empowers patients and health care purchasers to choose the safest hospitals in their area,” said Sharon Eloranta, MD, Medical Director at the Washington Health Alliance. “When hospitals are dedicated to transparent reporting and patient safety, they are quite literally saving lives. The employers and purchasers in the Washington Health Alliance stand with Leapfrog and the work they are doing to protect patients from preventable harms.”

This recent grading for Spring 2024 shows that 12 hospitals received an “A”, 11 received a “B”, 21 received a “C”, and 2 received a “D”. No hospitals in Washington received a failing grade for safety.

Hospitals with improved grades in Spring 2024:

  • MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Auburn.
  • St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood – a Virginia Mason Franciscan Health facility.
  • MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
  • MultiCare Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley.
  • Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma – a MultiCare facility.
  • Capital Medical Center in Olympia – a Multicare facility.
  • MultiCare Covington Medical Center in Covington.

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, part of the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health network, remains one of 15 hospitals nationwide that have received an “A” for safety since 2004.

For a full list of grades and facility-specific details, please visit: https://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/.