The Leapfrog Group, an organization that strives to improve the state of the nation’s healthcare system, bases its ratings on several factors, including medical errors and accidents, to determine the safety and quality of care of each hospital nationwide. Hospitals are then rated on an A-F scale.
The Forsyth County hospital’s rating makes it one of only seven hospitals in Georgia to receive a ‘B’ or better. Emory Hospital in Atlanta was the only hospital in the state to receive an ‘A.’ No Georgia hospital was given a ‘F.’
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Despite its better-than-average ratings, Northside Forsyth still has areas that need improvement. The Leapfrog Group ranks the hospital worse than normal when it comes to the number of patient falls and reports that the facility does not have sufficiently trained staff in its intensive care unit.
The same study ranked each state overall in terms of hospital care. Georgia ranked 35 out of 50 states, with Vermont claiming the number one spot and Wyoming and Alaska tying for dead last.
It is predicted that over 200,000 avoidable deaths occur each year in American hospitals. In Georgia, infections are a major cause of hospital deaths, as the AJC reported in 2013.
The Leapfrog group hopes that these ratings inspire improvements in hospitals in every state.
“It is time for every hospital in America to put patient safety at the top of their priority, because tens of thousands of lives are at stake,” the organization’s president, Leah Binder, said in a press release.
It is estimated that more than 33,000 lives could be saved each year if every hospital in the country was at the group’s ‘A’ standard.