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Greenwich Hospital Gets an 'A,' Norwalk a 'B' in Safety

Stamford Hospital was one of 12 in the state to receive a "C" for safety in a rating system developed by a nonprofit coalition of employers and other groups that purchase health benefits.

Norwalk Hospital has just been given a grade of "B" in safety by a national group concerned with hospital safety. Stamford Hospital received a "C."

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. Bridgeport Hospital was graded a "C," and Danbury Hospital scored a "B." 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.”

An article in The Advocate of Stamford reported, "Stamford Hospital, which received a "C," said it is analyzing the results of the rankings and pointed patients to the federal government's Hospital Compare site, on which Stamford has favorable quality results."

A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Hospital Association questioned the accuracy of the survey, according to The Advocate's report.

"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, The Leapfrog Group

the man June 09, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Did Norwalk get a "C" or a "B" ?? Sub headline says "C" and article says "B"---Which is it???
Sushi June 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I was thinking the same thing - it says a B for safety in the headline - and then a C also for safety in the first paragraph! Then it goes on to say that STAMFORD Hospital got a C in safety which it does not even talk about in the headlines. Another example of why user generated content - such a Patch - is a disastrous liability for not only AOL as the publisher but for the readers themselves. Patch "editors" are nothing more than bloggers - don't ever kid yourself into thinking otherwise!! HELLO Patch people??? Is it Norwalk or Stamford who is one of 12 hospitals w/ a C rating in the area????Personally, I'd only go to Greenwich Hospital to have any type of surgery - unless it were too far away and the surgery was required immediately!! In that case, I'd ask for last rites .....along w/ a rope and a prayer!!
Sushi June 10, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Hank Garcia, what are you talking about??? My comment is perfectly clear and I stated definitively that I'd go to Greenwich Hospital for any type of surgery, above all the rest in Fairfield County; hands down!! I also stated very clearly, that if I were in any type of imminent danger and required life saving surgery such as an auto accident - and I was too far away to go to Greenwich Hospital, then I'd have to take what I could get - and if that happened to be Stamford or Norwalk Hospital, I'd reluctantly go .....along w/ a request for last rites and a rope and a prayer! Hank Garcia, you either need new glasses or a return to the second grade classroom for a lesson in overcoming illiteracy. I was VERY clear - but either your eyes or your reading comprehension is VERY fuzzy, my friend! I do hate to keep repeating myself so I hope you got it this time around! The headlines contradict the contents of the story/article. Got it now Hank???! Jeeeshhhhh!!!!
Michael Dinan (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Thank you for catching this error. The article has been updated.

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