Memphis Business Group on Health is pleased to recognize
those greater-Memphis, west Tennessee, and north Mississippi hospitals that
have made a commitment to putting safety first, earning an ‘A’ in the April 29,
2014 release of the Hospital Safety Score, including:
Methodist LeBonheur Germantown, Methodist University, and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis have scored an "A" on all five releases of the Hospital Safety Score since 2012.
“Every day, nationwide, more than 1,000 people die
because of preventable hospital errors – a fact serving to highlight that these
hospitals striving for excellence in patient safety truly deserve to be
recognized,” said Cristie Upshaw Travis, chief executive officer of Memphis
Business Group on Health.
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals received
Safety Scores based on their rate of infections, injuries and
errors – the “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades were assigned by the nonprofit
patient safety advocate, The
Leapfrog Group, which represents employer purchasers of health
care. Cristie Upshaw Travis currently serves on the Board of Directors for The
Putting safety first, the Hospital Safety Score is
designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and
their families whenever faced with a hospital stay. The Score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed,
100-percent transparent and free to the public. The Spring 2014 Score reveals
that hospitals are making incremental
improvements. In fact, nearly one-third of all U.S. hospitals issued a Score
have seen a 10-percent or higher improvement in performance since the launch of
the Score in 2012.
“The data tells us
that more hospitals are working harder to create a safe environment, and that’s
good news for patients,” said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of Leapfrog, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.
“However, we know there’s still much to be done. That’s why it’s vital that we work together
to arm families with the information they need to take an active role in
selecting where they receive care. Those
hospitals receiving an A today should be proud of their record, their
commitment to safety and the lives saved because of it.”
“We will continue to use the Hospital Safety Score
in Memphis as a tool to educate the public while working with physicians,
nurses and other clinicians to improve patient safety in our community,” said Travis.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s
Blue Ribbon Panel of patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures
of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score that represents
a hospital’s overall performance in patient safety. Leapfrog’s Score is the only tool available today
that focuses exclusively on errors, injuries and infections.
For more information on the Hospital Safety Score,
or to find out the score of your local hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. A Hospital
Safety Score app is also available for download.
The Leapfrog Group
Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a
national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers
of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and
affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital
Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward
the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November
2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now
independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.