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Organization lists safety grades for CT hospitals

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University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital (WFSB) University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital (WFSB)

Six Connecticut hospitals have received a top A-rating for its level of patient safety by a national organization, dedicated to helping people chose the highest-quality hospitals in their area.

UConn John Dempsey Hospital is just one of six other hospitals in the state to receive the A-rating by Leapfrog, a group working to raise awareness about the importance of safe clinical care.

"Being able to receive an award like this validates what we already know,” said CEO of UConn John Dempsey Hospital Anne Diamond.

She said it is their mission at the hospital to provide the highest level of care, and they’re always looking for ways to improve.

"It is an attention to detail, we practice, we drill ... we look at each and every patient outcome to see if there's a way that we can continually improve the way that we care for our patients,” Diamond said.

Leapfrog uses national performance measures from a number of research groups, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For patients, the safety grades help assess how well hospitals are protecting patients from preventable errors, injuries and infections.

Not only was UConn John Dempsey Hospital ranked a top hospital in the state, it’s also one of only 844 hospitals in the United States to receive this high mark from Leapfrog.

"This is really a great thing for us as a health institution,” said Dr. Scott Allen, of UConn Health.

In a statement, Connecticut Hospital Association’s President of Communications Michele Sharp said “Connecticut hospitals are transparent with quality information and believe it is important for consumers to have simple ways to measure quality. Leapfrog is one of many tools available. Ultimately we encourage patients to talk to their care providers about what's best for them."

For a complete list of the hospitals and to see how Leapfrog rated a hospital near you, click here.

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