Catherine Hospital Receives "A" in Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

01 November, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Earnest Huff
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Several Lehigh Valley hospitals received an "A" grade for their dedication to safe care from the Leapfrog Group, an organization aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers. The awards recognize hospitals that achieve 12 consecutive months or more without certain preventable hospital-acquired infections.

"Everyone at Freeman works together to set a standard of excellence to deliver compassionate, innovative and safe healthcare to the communities we serve", said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center: D "The October Leapfrog safety grades do not reflect the continuous improvement we are seeing in all of our hospitals. By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities". Four others received a B grade, and four were given a C grade. Virginia Mason Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center both got "A" grades.

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking. This puts Maryland near the bottom of Leapfrog's bi-annual state rankings analysis, in which states are ranked according to the percentage of "A" hospitals. Rhode Island had the most dramatic improvement, jumping from 50th in 2012 to number one in the fall of 2017.

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"This "A" rating for our hospital from The Leapfrog Group is a confirmation of the steadfast commitment to enhancing patient safety by HSHS St. Anthony's colleagues and medical staff", said Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital.

Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety.

Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne all received A grades. Then, Leapfrog says researchers weigh the evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact of each measure to calculate a grade. Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.

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