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Hospital Safety in Maryland

by | Sep 20, 2021 | Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

A Look at Patient Safety in Hospitals Throughout the State

Each year thousands of people die as a result of preventable hospital errors. When you suffer harm as a result of negligence or medical error, you deserve compensation. Many medical malpractice cases can be averted by practicing reasonable safety and quality protocols. 

At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner, & Davey, P.A., we represent individuals who have been injured or suffered harm as a result of medical malpractice. Our legal team has secured over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you are injured due to a hospital error, you deserve answers. Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 for a free consultation

Are Baltimore Hospitals Safe?

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade releases rankings based on multiple process/structural measures and outcome measures twice a year. Hospitals are given grades A-F based on how well they protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

In Spring 2021, Maryland ranked 16th, with 34.9% of the 43 graded hospitals receiving an “A” hospital safety grade. According to Leapfrog, an estimated 50,000 lives could be saved if all hospitals performed at Grade A level. 

Maryland Hospitals with an “A” Hospital Safety Grade

The following hospitals in Maryland received the highest grade for hospital safety. Only 33% of hospitals across the country receive an “A” grade. Leapfrog considers 27 measures of patient safety when determining a hospital’s score, including communication, systems put in place to prevent errors, and the number of reported infections or other medical errors.

The following Maryland hospitals received an “A” grade:

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Frederick Health Hospital
  • Garrett Regional Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
  • MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus
  • University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton

Despite their high ratings, medical malpractice can still occur at “A” graded hospitals. If you or a loved one is harmed because of hospital error or negligence, contact our medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation. 

Maryland Hospitals with a “B” Hospital Safety Grade

As noted in the Spring 2021 hospital safety grade report, 24% of hospitals across the United States received a “B” grade.

The following Maryland hospitals received a “B” grade:

  • Carroll Hospital Center
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital
  • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • Suburban Hospital
  • TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, Inc.
  • University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
  • UPMC Western Maryland

Leapfrog noted that some hospitals had higher infection rates than their grade “A” counterparts or failed to have adequate safety and quality control measures.

Maryland Hospitals with a “C” Hospital Safety Grade

A staggering 35% (968 of over 2700) of hospitals in the country received a “C” grade. Several hospitals with this rating received below-average performance for patients with dangerous bedsores and patient falls and injuries.

The following Maryland hospitals received a “C” grade:

  • Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center
  • Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
  • Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center
  • Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital
  • Atlantic General Hospital
  • CalvertHealth Medical Center
  • Doctors Community Hospital
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • UM Harford Memorial Hospital
  • Union Hospital

Whether you are in an “A” rated hospital or a “C” rated hospital, you need to be aware of the potential of medical errors that result in harm or injury.

Maryland Hospitals with a “D” Hospital Safety Grade

Only one hospital in Maryland received a “D” grade for Spring of 2021. Research conducted by Leapfrog suggests that each day over 1000 people die because of preventable hospital errors. Hospitals with a “D” and “F” rating carry nearly 2x the risk of mortality compared with hospitals that receive an “A” grade.

The following Maryland hospital received a “D” grade:

  • University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center

If you believe that you have suffered harm due to a medical error, negligence, or malpractice, contact our office today to discuss your legal options. Preventable medical errors and infections causing harm are devastating no matter where they occur. It is essential to act quickly to protect your rights if you are injured.

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