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East Georgia Hospital Declines in 2018 Health Safety Rating, Receive’s ‘D’ Grade

Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report. Bulloch County’s hospital was not one of them.

The ratings, which were released on Tuesday, show that rougly one-fifth of the state’s hospitals evaluated received an ‘A’ grade, up slightly from 2017 but still below the national average of 30% of state hospitals receiving A grades.

Locally, East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro received a ‘D’ grade, once again declining in health ratings from previous years.

Where the hospital was dinged on scoring points:

  • EGRMC received a 2.627 grade for MRSA infections, showing ‘below average’ performance and a grade that has further declined since the fall evaluation showing 2.797. For reference, 0.00 is a perfect score.
    • Leapfrog says EGRMC should improve cleaning standards and isolate MRSA patients
  • EGRMC scored just below average on preventing infections in the blood
  • EGRMC scored below average in preventing UTI infections of admitted patients
  • EGRMC scored below average on ‘Practices to Prevent Errors’ including:
    • a failure by doctors to order medicines through computers
    • communication about medications to patients
    • communication about discharge to patients
  • EGRMC scored below average on preventing bed sores
  • EGRMC scored below average on communication with doctors and patients, communication with nurses and patients, and the responsiveness of hospital staff.

The hospital declined to report on the following points to LeapFrog during the evaluation:

  • handwashing practices of employees
  • practices of staff working together to prevent errors
  • practices to track and reduce risks to patients
  • effective leadership to prevent errors
  • whether or not the hospital has enough qualified nurses
  • whether or not there are specially-trained doctors for ICU patients

Where the hospital excelled:

  • Preventing patient falls
  • Prevention of c diff. infections and the prevention of site infection after surgery.
  • In instances related to surgery, such as:
    • No dangerous parts left in patients after surgery
    • No surgical wounds left open
    • Lack of deaths from preventable causes post-surgery
    • Few blood clots in patients post-surgery
    • Lacking serious breathing problems after surgery

In Spring 2015, EGRMC received an A and prior to the A grade, maintained a B grade.But the fall 2017 grade marked the facility’s fourth consecutive C grade.

You can read the entire score card here.
AllOnGeorgia’s report from the 2017 score card is available here.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

9 Comments

9 Comments

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    Bryan

    April 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Sad to see our hospital continue to score so low. The problems there have been years, decades even in the making.
    For a facility that is probably still one of the most profitable in the area to mistreat patients and their health is a shame.
    We should demand better of the facility, the board and all involved.

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      Dot ogly

      February 5, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Sooo very true Bryan

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      Glenn and Sally Brinson

      February 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      We agree. What is the problem? Why can’t all this be fixed?

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    Cooper

    April 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Which one’s got the A’s?

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    max

    April 29, 2018 at 3:38 am

    gagable

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    Willie Sauls

    May 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    That’s just like this hospital, but they want your money. They know who I am when I have too go there, I do not hold my tongue when things are wrong. If staff does not follow protocol, I will not let them touch me.

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    Dot ogly

    February 5, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I do believe that it’s all about money now and not about the care of people. I wish we could go back to the time when we had local DOCTORS THAT REALLY CARED ABOUT HUMAN LIFE. You have them coming and going now, and moving on with$$$signes in their eyes.

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    Tara

    February 5, 2019 at 11:57 am

    It’s ridiculous. They don’t care all they see is money.. it’s important to worry about ppl health . What did u go to school for? Really.. time to step your game up.. specially when it comes to my kids.

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    Ann

    February 7, 2019 at 8:06 am

    IAM concern about this to ; about these doctors this day and time just MONEY NOT CARE! What happen? just like I went to my doctor (my foot). She didn’t even look at it told her about it. She was done with me and IAM walking out I said what about my foot. U take a XRay…????? 😨😵

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