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Continued Upward Momentum in Memphis Hospital Safety Grades

In the fall 2019 round of The Hospital Safety Grade, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an “A” (40%) continued to surpass the national average (33%)! And, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an "A" and "B" (60%) also surpassed the national average (58%).  Just two years ago, only 10% of Memphis area hospitals received an "A" and only 20% received an "A" and "B". 

"We are pleased to see this continued momentum in the improvement of Memphis area hospital's Hospital Safety Grades. Sustained improvement over time results in fewer preventable medical mistakes, less patient and family suffering, and even lower costs," said Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH). MBGH is the Leapfrog Regional Leader for eastern Arkansas, west Tennessee, and north Mississippi.

In the greater Memphis area, 10 hospitals were graded, and four (4) earned an “A,” two (2) earned a “B,” five (5) earned a “C.”  No Memphis hospitals earned a "D" or an “F.” Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, Methodist University Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett, and Saint Francis - Memphis  received an “A”. Methodist North Hospital and Methodist South Hospital each received a “B”.  Methodist University, Methodist South, and Regional One increased their grades from the spring 2019 release. Methodist Olive Branch did not have sufficient information to receive a grade.

For detailed results on all Memphis hospitals click here.

The fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Medicine's To Err is Human report which focused the nation's attention on the nearly 100,000 deaths a year due to preventable medical mistakes. A recent analysis from The Johns Hopkins Armstong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality found that 45,000 fewer deaths occurred in 2018 compared to 2015, based on the prevalence of safety problems in hospitals receiving a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

 “The findings of the IOM report, published two decades ago, laid the foundation of what The Leapfrog Group stands for today,” said Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We commend others who have joined us in the drive for transparency, including the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, which commits to public reporting of safety data, employers and payors, who put appropriate pressure on facilities to make performance data available, and hospitals that publicly report on their safety and quality.”

Click here to access safety grades for over 2,600 hospitals nationwide.

Here is a tool kit for employers to use as you evaluate the impact of hospital safety on your health benefit plans and your employees and their families. This toolkit also includes communication material you can share with your employees so they can get the safest care possible.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:42 AM

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