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Backus Hospital in Norwich and Bristol Hospital were the only two hospitals in CT to earn A grades in the latest scorecard released by the independent, not-for-profit Leapfrog Group.

The bi-annual grading assigns "A", "B", "C", "D" and "F" letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the USA, and is the nation's only rating focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections that collectively are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Leapfrog Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, graded 13 New Hampshire hospitals in the spring 2018 report.

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"B" grades were awarded to: Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine Medical Center in Portland, and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. In the category of infections, the hospital received the highest marks for infections in the blood and surgical site infection after colon surgery.

Receiving A grades in the spring Leapfrog ratings were Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital and Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. No hospital in North Carolina received lower than a "C" grade. Whether you want to know about a hospital's C-section rate, safety protocols, or how frequently patients have to be readmitted, you'll find it all here.

Exeter Hospital wasn't scored in fall 2017, but prior to that it received two "Bs" (fall 2016 and spring 2017) and three "Cs" (spring 2015, fall 2015 and spring 2016).

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A hospital must have enough safety data available for Leapfrog experts to issue a letter grade.

There were no ME hospitals on the list with a "D" or an "F".

The five states with the highest percentage of "A" hospitals this spring are Hawaii, Idaho, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia. "Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have definitely spurred these improvement efforts". The reports are released every six months.

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"Leapfrog is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries", said Leah Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group. "But the hospitals achieving new milestones are doing the hard work, and we salute them as well as the leaders, researchers and organizations fighting every year for patient safety".

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