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

4. Illinois

Hospitals with A grade: 48%
Number of hospitals with A grade: 51
Life expectancy at birth: 78.76 years
Cancer death rate per 100,000: 191.3

Leapfrog surveyed 106 Illinois hospitals. While nearly half received an A grade, the reviewed state hospitals actually performed worse than the national average on many of the key safety metrics, including the frequency of central-line associated bloodstream infections. However, in many other measures Illinois hospitals performed well, including having a low average of the number of deaths from treatable medical complications after surgery. However, many of the state’s 51 hospitals that received an A scored much better than the national average in preventable deaths and ulcers.

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