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24/7 Wall St.: The States with the Safest Hospitals

2. Maine

Hospitals with A grade: 74%
Number of hospitals with A grade: 14
Life expectancy at birth: 78.68 years
Cancer death rate per 100,000: 199.7

Citizens of Maine have lower levels of death as a result of heart disease — 12 percentage points lower than the national average — but a higher rate of deaths from cancer than the U.S. average. After surgery, patients in Maine hospitals are less likely to experience breathing difficulties or respiratory failure than they would in the average hospital in the United States. All of the 19 Maine hospitals reporting averaged exceptional scores in hand hygiene and care for patients on ventilators. Only three of the state’s 19 graded hospitals received a C.
(AP Photo)

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