Greenwood Leflore Hospital has improved its grade on a national survey of health-care safety, even though it didn’t participate in providing data requested by the evaluators.

The Greenwood hospital received a “C” on an A-to-F scale from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that evaluates twice a year the quality and safety in U.S. hospitals. That was up from the “D” rating the hospital received in the previous two grading periods, Spring 2019 and Fall 2018.

The latest report was issued Thursday.

More than 2,600 U.S. hospitals are scored on 28 different measurements, using the latest publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers those two government-sponsored health insurance programs, as well as surveys the hospitals themselves are asked to complete.

Although Greenwood Leflore Hospital did participate in the spring, it did not respond to the fall survey, resulting in five measurements for which no data was available and eight others where Leapfrog used less current data from other sources to evaluate the hospital’s safety performance.

The hospital’s administration did not respond when asked Friday why it did not participate this go-round.

“We are validating the data submitted in terms of most recent info available,” interim CEO Gary Marchand said in a statement emailed to the newspaper. He provided no further elaboration.

Greenwood Leflore Hospital scored its highest marks in the surgical category, scoring above average on four of the six measurements used, including a perfect score on dangerous objects left in a patient’s body. (There were none.) The only measurement for which it was graded below average in surgery was on post-operative serious breathing problems.

The hospital scored lowest in the staffing category. It was rated below average for communication between nurses and patients, for responsiveness of hospital staff to the patients, and on having specially trained doctors caring for patients in the intensive care unit. It was rated above average, however, for communication between doctors and patients.

Eleven of the 35 hospitals rated in Mississippi received an “A” grade, five a “B,” 15 a “C” and 4 a “D.” There were no F-rated hospitals in the state.

The grades for hospitals nearby to Greenwood include:

• Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland: A

• Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, Clarksdale: A

• University of Mississippi Medical Center - Grenada: C

• Delta Regional Medical Center - Greenville: C

North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville and Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston are not graded by Leapfrog. Because they are categorized as  “critical access hospitals,” they are not required to publicly report their safety record. This, according to Leapfrog, leaves the rating organization’s experts with too little information to give such hospitals a grade.

Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

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