Hospitals are supposed to be places where sick or injured people can go to get better, but according to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 50,000 to 100,000 patients die in US hospitals each year because of lapses in safety.
To determine which hospitals are the safest, the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit promoting transparency and safety in hospitals, analyzed 2,652 US hospitals and released its first-ever Hospital Safety Score. Based on Leapfrog’s report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the states with the largest percentage of hospitals receiving the best grade, an A.
Here are the states with the safest hospitals, rated from least to most safe:
10. Minnesota — hospitals with A grade: 37%
9. Delaware — hospitals with A grade: 40%
8. California — hospitals with A grade: 41%
7. Michigan — hospitals with A grade: 44%
6. Virginia — hospitals with A grade: 44%
Keep reading to learn which US states have the safest hospitals.
5. Tennessee — hospitals with A grade: 48%
4. Illinois — hospitals with A grade: 48%
3. Vermont — hospitals with A grade: 50%
2. Maine — hospitals with A grade: 74%
1. Massachusetts — hospitals with A grade: 76%
You can click on the link above to learn more details about each state, including life expectancy and cancer death rate. Tell me, if you or someone you love were in need of care, would these stats make you seek out a safer hospital?