The only hospital in Danville, Virginia is getting a very poor report card from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety.
Danville Regional Medical Center was given a grade of “D.”
The below average grade was based upon the following findings:
1. A below average score in 5 out of 7 categories for surgical problems (death from treatable complications, collapsed lungs, blood clots, accidental cuts and tears.
2. A below average score in every category for practices to prevent medical errors.
3. A below average score for 4 out of 5 categories for safety problems (patient falls, bed sores, etc.).
4. A below average score for 6 out of 7 categories for the quality of its doctors and nurses (poor training, insufficient number of qualified nurses, lack of responsiveness of hospital staff, etc.).
Read the report for yourself here.
My Take: I would think twice before putting my health and life, and those of my family and friends, in a hospital which gets the grade of “D” by the Leapfrog Group.