Health care watchdog gives ‘D’ safety grade to two Lynchburg hospitals

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Leapfrog Group – a hospital watchdog that describes itself as an independent, national not-for-profit – gave ‘D’ hospital safety rankings to two hospitals in our area in its twice-yearly report: Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital.

Both hospitals have received ‘B’ or ‘C’ grades since 2016, and are listed as ‘performing below average’ in a number of categories like ‘death from serious treatable complications,’ ‘communication about medicines,’ and ‘dangerous bed sores.’

The rating is based on reported errors, accidents, injuries and infections that altogether are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The Leapfrog Group says the grade represents a hospital’s performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors using 28 measures ranging from hand hygiene to nurse communication.

Virginia as a whole ranked third in the country for the percentage of ‘A’ hospitals with 55.88%; among them are Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem and Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg.

On its website, Centra Lynchburg General Hospital lists awards including ‘Forbes safest hospitals in America,’ ‘top 50 cardiovascular hospital,’ and ‘Beacon Award,’ on top of receiving a five-star rating from CMS in January of last year.

Centra did not immediately return WFXR’s request for comment. For a full list of hospital rankings, click here.

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