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St. Joseph Hospital gets failing grade in safety report

November 13, 2018

St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne is the only hospital in Indiana : and one of only 17 in the nation : to get a failing grade in the newest edition of a semi-annual hospital safety report.

The Leapfrog Group report, which was released Nov. 8, assesses more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide based on preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

About one third of hospitals received A grades. Twenty-four percent earned a B, 37 percent a C, 6 percent a D and just under 1 percent an F.

St. Joseph slipped from three straight Ds in reports issued in earlier this year and in 2017. Lutheran Hospital inched up from three straight Ds to a C, and Dupont improved from a D in the last three surveys to a B. All three are part of the Lutheran Health Network.

Meanwhile, Parkview Regional Medical Center received its 11th straight A grade : one of more than 800 to achieve an A in the survey.

To assign grades, the safety report uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

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