Here are the chances of dying or being injured in your local Hospital


  • Patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death
  • Patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death
  • Patients at “B” hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk of avoidable death

The Leap Frog report is for real. Having worked in healthcare all of my life, I can assure you that these rankings mean something.

The ratings of more than 2,600 hospitals across the country focus entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The chances of whether you will come out of your hospital experience with your life or are injured.



A grade for hospital safety, according to new Spring 2019 ratings was just released by the Leapfrog Group. .

Oregon, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia had the highest percentage of hospitals that received an A grade. Four states — Wyoming, Arkansas, Delaware, North Dakota — and the District of Columbia did not have a single hospital that received an A grade.

For this round of rankings, the Leapfrog Group’s research found that patients at hospitals that receive “D” or “F” grades face a 92 percent greater risk of avoidable death compared to “A” hospitals. At “C” and “B” hospitals, patients on average face an 88 percent and a 35 percent greater risk respectively.

The group estimates that if the risk at all hospitals was equivalent to what it is at “A” hospitals, 50,000 lives would have been saved. Overall, the researchers estimate that 160,000 lives are lost every year due to avoidable medical errors. That figure is down from 2016, when the Leapfrog Group estimated there were 205,000 avoidable deaths.

Leah Binder

Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said in a press release. “Hospitals don’t all have the same track record, so it really matters which hospital people choose, which is the purpose of our Hospital Safety Grade.”

“The good news is that tens of thousands of lives have been saved because of progress on patient safety. The bad news is that there’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

Leapfrog assigns A,B,C,D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States. Leapfrog explains that the safety grade includes 28 measures that are taken together to “produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.”

The group uses performance measures from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (You can read more about the letter grades here.)

Here  is the link to find the grades of 2600 hospitals:  Spring 2019 ratings

Search by Zip, City and State.

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14 Responses to “Here are the chances of dying or being injured in your local Hospital”

  1. JCscuba Says:

    I worked in clinical cancer research. My job was to conduct clinical trials to get drug candidates approved by the U.S.A. The author’s findings seem to not be prospective but a retrospective analysis of her own beliefs. Doubt this would appear in any peer review journal. J.C.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      The writer took stats that are a requirement of the hospitals to report. I worked in a Hospital’s Risk Management, and these stats were the gold standard. Hospitals worked very hard to improve these stats as the government could withhold reimbursements based on ratings for various categories..
      “The group uses performance measures from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
      Sounds like you had an interesting profession.


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  3. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    I checked. Thank you. The three hospitals that are within 30 minutes of me give or take 10 minutes, all rate a C. That being said however, none of them report post surgical infections, MRSA rates or other of the quality measures so I am assuming this means they score a D or even an F. Given my experiences with these hospitals and family members in them, I would have to say they are definitely D level hospitals at best .

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  4. the unit Says:

    I want to go where Jimma went for his broken hip. His only worry was if he would get his turkey hunting limit he’d missed out on would get added to his next year limit. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Adrienne Says:

    Thankfully our hospital ranks “B.” Since my mom was in hospital admin I’m well aware of how dangerous hospitals can be. Usually it’s human error. When I worked with new opticians, I had to over and over talk to them about always checking the label on eye drops before using. Always! Using drops out of order was not life threatening, but damned uncomfortable for the patient.

    One of the things that most impressed me with my cataract surgery last summer was how clean the North Idaho Eye Clinic is. That place is wiped down numerous times a day (including the banisters on the stairs) with Clorox Health Care Hydrogen Peroxide wipes (which I now use at home.) They also have a “cleaning day” once a month where the entire staff participates in deep cleaning everything. Oh – and they checked the eye drop bottle before using 🙂

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Yes, the so called “misadventures” as it is called by the medical profession. Next year, Leap Frog will be including stand alone facilities in their ratings.
      1 in 25 is the average infection rate as I recall for all admissions. It should be zero. There is simply no excuse. Get a MRSA going and it will be relentless in trying to take one’s life.

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  6. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    I remember a book from the 70’s called Modern Medicine by a Dr. Solomon.
    I can’t find any hint of it today.
    He was on the Illinois Board of Medicine or some such and had a nationwide newspaper column on health that I read.
    His book warned of the dangers of going to hospitals, how you could come out with more than you went in with.
    He documented many hospital screwups, like plumbing that crossed the gases, wrong amputations (“remove THIS leg”), etc.
    Hospitals are the temple of Modern Medicine and the OR is the Holy of Holies.
    He encouraged home birth and a number of other heresies (home visitation) that had his column killed.
    My wife has gotten great hospital care here in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, but when we vacationed in Connecticut and she ended up in emergency over the weekend, there were grounds for a lawsuit, but being out of town, and she survived, it would have been too costly to bother.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I worked in Risk Management…. hospitals are very dangerous places. Few appreciate the risks. I hope this post enlightens people to check out the rankings of the hospital of their choice. Check out the education of their Doc as well. All Docs are not created equal. The amount of foreign doctors who are ill prepared is scary. All the American kids who wanted to be doctors and instead closed down Medical schools instead of increasing was the beginning of the decline in American medicine.

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      • Kid Says:

        My doc in his 40’s, maybe early 50’s had to do 8500 hours intern and he tells me that for a good while now, docs only have to do 5000. 3500 hours makes a big diference.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Hopefully one can find a Doc in Internal Medicine and not Family practice… I have had to wait a year for an opening for an internist. More and more do the easy ride of family medicine. I know there are good ones out there, but they usually only do a couple of rotations in hospitals. The rest in offices and thus don’t do the hard long hours.


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