Study grades Colorado’s safest hospitals

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DENVER — A study looked at safety practices in 43 Colorado hospitals and graded them on their ability to protect patients from accidents, injuries and infections.

National consumer-health watchdog organization The Leapfrog Group found 14 of the 43 hospitals received the highest grade possible for safety practices.

“Three hospitals — Mercy Regional Medical Center of Durango, Porter Adventist Hospital of Denver and Rose Medical Center of Denver — received a grade of ‘A’ for the fifth full year in a row. Those are the only facilities to have scored straight As in the report,” The Leapfrog Group said.

Seventeen hospitals received a grade of “B” and 12 received a grade of “C.” None of the hospitals in the state received a “D” or an “F.”

“A” grades

  • Castle Rock Adventist Hospital
  • National Jewish Health/Saint Joseph Hospital
  • North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton
  • Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver
  • Saddle Rock Emergency Room
  • Sky Ridge Medical Center in Parker

“B” grades

  • Avista Adventist Hospital
  • Littleton Adventist Hospital
  • Longmont United Hospital
  • Lutheran Medical Center
  • Parker Adventist Hospital
  • Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton
  • Saint Anthony North Hospital
  • Swedish Medical Center in Englewood
  • University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora

“C” grades

  • Boulder Community Foothills Hospital
  • Denver Health
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette
  • Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood