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No local A grades on nonprofit’s spring hospital safety report card

May 15, 2019

No local hospital earned an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s spring hospital safety report card, released today.

Nationwide, 32% of hospitals earned an A, the highest grade available. In Indiana, 11 of the 60 hospitals evaluated on safety measures earned A’s -- or 18%.

Parkview Regional Medical Center earned a B. One year ago, the local nonprofit received its 10th consecutive A grade.

While Parkview has slipped in the quality ratings, its local rivals have mostly improved.

Lutheran and Dupont hospitals earned C’s. St. Joseph Hospital earned a D. All three are part of Lutheran Health Network, which is owned by Community Health Systems.

One year ago, Lutheran, Dupont and St. Joe hospitals each received a third consecutive D grade.

Nationwide, 26% of hospitals earned a B, 36% earned a C, 6% earned a D and less than 1% earned an F.

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington-based national nonprofit that measures health care quality.

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