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County Pulse: Doctors Medical Center gets another A on safety report card
Modesto Bee

Doctors Medical Center of Modesto received a fourth consecutive A from The Leapfrog Group, a watchdog service that regularly tracks the medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections that harm patients in more than 2,500 hospitals in the country.

Leapfrog, a nonprofit founded by employers and other health insurance purchasers, estimates that more than 200,000 patient deaths in hospitals each year are attributed to medical mistakes, injuries or the health care intended to heal the patients.

Hospitals earning an A grade should be safer for consumers than other facilities, says the group, which issues the report cards twice a year.

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