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Map: New England states lead in patient safety, Leapfrog ratings show

Vermont, Maine lead when it comes to percentage of top-scoring hospitals.

When it comes to finding the most safe hospitals, you can't do better than New England, according to the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score results published Monday by the Leapfrog Group.

Vermont led the country with 83 percent of hospitals earning 'A' grades while Maine and Rhode Island both came in second with 62.5 percent of hospitals earning top grades.

[Also: Hundreds of hospitals score top marks as Leapfrog gives out safety grades]
[See the list: 798 hospitals earn A scores]
[See the list: Only 15 hospitals scored F grades]

Leapfrog enlists a panel of patient safety experts to analyze data of recorded incidents of patient harm as well as surveys of patient experience and assign U.S. facilities grades based on their performance. The group publishes grades twice a year.

Of course, those states have smaller populations and fewer hospitals than states like New York, Texas or California. Vermont only had six hospitals in the Leapfrog report. But even Massachusetts, with its urban center in Boston, ranked 4th in the report with 36 out of 58 hospitals earning top marks.

On the other hand, the District of Columbia saw no hospitals earn 'A' grades for the third straight year.

Hover over states in the map below to see detailed information on how they scored.

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