Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

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

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Sammy Stanley | 01 November, 2017, 00:23

The Leapfrog Group awarded a top "A" grade for patient safety in its fall 2017 Safety Grade rankings to the Kaiser location based on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections.

When The Leapfrog Group published its spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades in April, Pennsylvania as a whole was slotted as the 34th safest state in the country.

Mt Nittany Medical Center and JC Blair Memorial Hospital each earned a "B". "By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder said in a press release. The report called out Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho for improvements since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade five years ago.

"Safe, high-quality patient care is a priority of St. Catherine Hospital", said Leo Correa, CEO.

MI fell in state rankings from 19th in fall 2016 to 25th in spring 2017 in percentage of hospital with an "A" grade.

"We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of WellStar Douglas Hospital and WellStar Paulding Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". Four local Lehigh Valley hospitals made the list. Information from secondary sources supplemented any missing data to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their Safety Grade.

Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, 2.3% - just one hospital, Howard County General Hospital in Columbia- earned an "A", compared with 31.6% of hospitals graded nationally. But the state agency has a full consumer report of all the in hospitals available on its website. The grades are calculated by patient-safety experts, peer-reviewed and available to everyone free of charge. Then, Leapfrog says researchers weigh the evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact of each measure to calculate a grade.

Leapfrog tells people to look at three measures in particular when choosing a health care provider: hand washing, blood infection during an intensive care unit stay and patient falls.

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