GRADE CARD: Non-profit scores Springfield-area hospitals

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A national non-profit called Leapfrog reports area hospitals are not making the grade.

Leapfrog looks at several factors, including patient re-admittance, surgical injuries, and interactions between patients and staff.

CMH in Bolivar scored the lowest score in the Springfield area. It received a D. Leapfrog docked points for infection rates, surgical concerns, and how doctors prescribe medicine. A CMH spokesperson says the hospital has not yet released its portion of the survey.

Cox Medical Centers in Springfield and Branson both received a C grade.

A spokesperson for Cox said in an email, "Leapfrog uses data that CoxHealth reports to CMS, and from a survey that we do not participate in. Not completing the survey may affect hospital's Leapfrog rating."

Mercy Hospital in Springfield scored a B. Leapfrog says Mercy minimized errors during surgery and had high patient safety practices.

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison scored a C. Mercy Hospital in Rogers scored an A.

Cox said in an email that "no single report can accurately provide the full picture of a hospital’s performance due to the varied criteria that also reflect a specific period of time – which also frequently lags by up to three years."

Both Cox and Mercy both advise that when looking at hospital ratings, to use multiple sources. Such as your insurance providers, The Advisory Board, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Click HERE to see how your hospital scored.

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