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Four Greater-Memphis Hospitals Score an "A" on Latest Release of Hospital Safety Score

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: 


Greater Memphis  West Tennessee  North Mississippi
1. Methodist LeBonheur Germantown Hospital
2. Methodist University Hospital
3. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett
4. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis
1. Dyersburg Regional Medical Center
2. Regional Hospital at Jackson
1. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle


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 updated Hospital 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 Leapfrog Group.

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.     

About The Leapfrog Group The 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.

   

Posted by Cristie Travis at 11:48 AM

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