Memorial Hospital received an “A” grade in a recent patient safety survey released by the independent Leapfrog Group. Overall, four area hospitals received an “A,” three received a “B” and four hospitals received a “C.”
“This is an important score,” said Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim O’Loughlin. “It shows our community that we take patient safety very seriously. Our employees and affiliated physicians work hard every day to make sure Memorial is offering the best possible care to our patients.”
Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall safety performance.
The score includes a list of 26 weighted measures, such as the number of patients who develop severe pressure ulcers, have surgical objects left inside their body cavities or develop postoperative pulmonary emboli. They also take into consideration the frequency with which the hospital employs best practices to prevent pneumonia, infections or other complications.
To learn more about Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score you can go to http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/.