Iowa Hospital Rankings Decline

Iowa’s hospitals rank in the bottom half of the national pack on a new report card based on medical errors and other problems.

Leah Binder, president of The Leapfrog Group, says the 2017 Hospital Safety Grade Report surveyed more than 26-hundred hospitals nationwide, including 33 in Iowa. The grades were given based on medical errors, accidents, injuries, and infections.

Iowa has fallen ten places in the survey over the past several years. “Iowa is ranked 33rd in the country,” Binder says. “They have about 27% of their hospitals earning an A. That’s not so great. Nationally, the average is about a third of hospitals get an A so they are still not there.”

Of the 33 hospitals graded in Iowa, nine received an A, ten got Bs, 13 were given Cs, while there was one D for UnityPoint Health Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center of Sioux City.

Other northwest Iowa hospitals on the list… Spencer and Spirit Lake hospitals both received “A”s… while the hospitals in Fort Dodge and Carroll received “B”s. Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City received a “C”.

(Story from Radio Iowa)