You can look up the safety rating for a particular hospital or for all the hospitals in a certain city or an entire state at: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/
Hospitals are given a grade, such as "A" "B" or "C" and you can also see the detailed breakdown for each category contributing to the overall score. For example, one category is: Surgery Patients Received Appropriate Treatment to Prevent Blood Clots at the Right Time.
That category particularly grabbed my attention, because the hospital at which I suffered near-fatal, severe clotting during a surgical procedure 9 year ago (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH) scored 98 in that category, with the very best hospitals in this category scoring 100. (Spot checking a verious hospitals, I saw a score in the clotting prevention category of 89, which shocked me. Even a 98 score is unacceptable if you are among the 2 percent of patients put at risk by a hospital's negligence.)
Six Vermont hospitals are rated for safety on this site, as follows:
"A" Central Vermont Medical Center, Barre.
"A" Southeastern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington.
"B" Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington.
"B" Rutand Regional Medical Center.
"C" Brattleboro Memorial Hopsital
"C" Northwestern Medical Center, Inc., St. Albans.
Grace Cottage in Townshend is not rated on this site.
I was amazed to see that in Massachusetts, 43 hospitals received safety ratings of "A." Thirteen, "B," and only one "C." The safety record of Massachusetts hospitals puts both Vermont and New Hampshire to shame.