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Tucson hospitals, which ranks highest?

Posted by Sarah Showard | Jan 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hospitalsafetyscore

Hospital Safety Score, www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, ranks hospitals across the country, based on 26 criteria from an annual survey. It's managed by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded more than a decade ago by employers and private healthcare experts. Each hospital is given a score of A, B, C, D or F, reflecting how safe they are considered for patients, according to the website.

“Some people do more research on what car to buy than what hospital to go to for medical care,” according to The Leapfrog Group. “The Hospital Safety Score provides data and research to help you make informed decisions about a critical aspect of your hospital stay – safety. A hospital may have the best surgeons and greatest technology in the world, but unless it is preventing infections, and eliminating medical and medication errors and injuries, it is not delivering on a very basic premise: ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones.”

The group hopes to “reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm,” ranging from infections and acquired injuries (such as bedsores) to medication mix-ups and other errors, some potentially fatal.

The scores are compiled from data used by national measurement and reporting programs and obtained from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Some data from the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey may be used as well.

To see how Tucson-area hospitals rank, click here.

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.

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