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Trident Medical Center in Charleston is the only Lowcountry hospital to receive a Grade A from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score.

The Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections. The fall 2014 ratings show that “while hospitals have made significant improvements when it comes to implementing processes of care and safe practices, performance on outcomes lags behind.”

The Medical University of South Carolina University Medical Center in Charleston, Roper Hospital in Charleston and Summerville Medical Center in Summerville all received a Grade B ranking. Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston and East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant both received C grades.

Since the spring 2014 ratings, improvements have been made on every one of Leapfrog’s 14 measures, such as hand hygiene and physician staffing in intensive care units. But the data shows lack of progress on outcomes, such as preventing surgical site infections in patients who have undergone major colon surgery.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit, provides patient safety ratings for more than 2,500 general hospitals nationwide. President and CEO Leah Binder said one in 25 patients acquire an infection in hospitals and 400,000 people die annually.

“Consumers have largely taken the time to educate themselves about insurance plans and pricing. Now, we need patients to take the next step, putting safety first, for themselves and their families, and that means seeking out the safest hospitals in their area,” Binder said in a statement.

Health care facilities and their grades, from the report:

Grade A:

Grade B:

Grade C:

Grade D:

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