Big Names, Low Scores
For example, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation received a C, up from a D last November. Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT received a C. New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia, and New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Allen Pavilion in New York City both received a C, both down from A last fall.
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, WI, received a C, down from a B. And Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO received a C, the same score as last fall.
Some poorly scoring hospitals last fall improved, including the University of California Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center, which last fall received an F, but this time improved to a D.
Some hospitals that received an F score responded to HealthLeaders Media's requests for comment:
We are disappointed, but not surprised by the latest Leapfrog rating and know that it does not reflect in any way the quality of care the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center provides its patients. In fact, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica received an "A" rating from Leapfrog. The timeframe Leapfrog used of 7/1/2009 to 6/30/2011 continues to include 1 occurrence, which dramatically affects our overall rating. We expect to see significant improvement going forward based on newer data as well as full implementation of our electronic health records system."
—David Tate, spokesman, UCLA Ronald Reagan
At Memorial Hospital, safety and quality outcomes are always a top priority. Our hospital has never participated in a Leapfrog Survey; however, our publicly reported CMS/Hospital Compare data demonstrates that care at Memorial Hospital is provided in a safe environment that is equal to, and in many areas better than, national safety scores of peer institutions."
—Pam Jensen, president, 186-bed Memorial Hospital of Fremont, OH