Idaho hospitals rank second in the nation for safety

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade came out on Monday, and Idaho has the second highest percentage of hospitals with an A grade.

Leapfrog ranks hospitals bi–annually using a letter–grading system.
Of the eleven hospitals scored, seven Idaho hospitals received an A.

Over the past three years, Idaho has improved their ranking.

In the spring of 2013, Idaho hospitals were ranked 45th.
This spring, they were ranked sixth.

"By adopting those best practices, we were able to bring those scores up, and it wasn't just at our hospital, but we are very proud of our A grade at our hospital, but it happened at many hospitals across Idaho,” said Susan Morris, St. Luke’s Patient Safety Officer.

Morris says that St. Luke’s has opportunities for improvement on their scores.

One example she gives is bringing the level of neo–natal intensive care unit up from a level two nursery to a level three.

A level three can handle more critical babies.

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