ALBANY – One of the nation’s worst hospitals could be closer than you think. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has been slapped as the 6th worst hospital in the United States, according to the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit quality-improvement organization. The hospital received an “F” letter grade on its Hospital Safety Score and being named to the “Worst 25 Hospitals in the U.S” list by the Leapfrog Group in late November 2012. The Leapfrog Group ranked 2,652 hospitals and gave them scores based on an “A,B,C, D, or F” scale for hospital safety on its free site Hospitalsafetyscore.org. It was the first time for such a ranking for hospitals across the nation. According to a Leapfrog legal disclaimer, the Group Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert
analysis of publicly available data using 26 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety.