MARLBOROUGH PATCH—How safe is your hospital? New grades released Wednesday by The Leapfrog Group will tell you just that. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded by employers and healthcare providers, ranked 60 Massachusetts hospitals as part of its Spring 2017 safety grades.
Marlborough Hospital received an A grade this time around, up from the C the hospital got in the fall of 2016. Marlborough Hospital earned an A grade in the spring of 2016, and A’s for both results in 2015.
The hospitals were given a letter grade from A through F based on several factors. More than half of the 60 Massachusetts hospitals that were graded – 31 – received an A. None received a grade lower than a C.
To come up with the grades, Leapfrog looks at medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The goal is to determine what a patient’s risk of further injury or infection is if they visit a certain hospital.
According to the organization, more than 1,000 Americans die each day from preventable hospital errors. Hospitals given a B rating by Leapfrog had a 9 percent higher risk of avoidable death than A hospitals. That number jumps to 35 percent in C hospitals.
See the full list of hospital rankings here.
This article by Charlene Arsenault originally appeared here.