Memorial Receives Hospital Safety Score Of "A"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Memorial Health Care System was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.  The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.

S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

 

“Memorial’s dedication to patient-centered care is the motivating force that produces high marks in patient safety and clinical excellence,” says Jim Hobson, president and CEO of Memorial Health Care System. “Our physicians, clinical and administrative staff, volunteers and board members work together to create a place of healing for our community, and we are honored to receive an “A” in this vital component of health care delivery.” 

 

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Memorial Health Care System for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

 

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University ofMichigan), AshishJha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of CaliforniaDavis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of CaliforniaSan Francisco). 

 


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