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Memphis-area Hospitals Continue to Out-perform Others on National Hospital Safety Grades!

In the fall 2021 round of The Hospital Safety Grade, once again the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an “A” (55%) surpassed the national average (32%)! And, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an "A" and "B" (64%) also surpassed the national average (58%).  Four  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 significant momentum continue in the improvement of Memphis area hospitals' Hospital Safety Grades, especially given the stresses on the healthcare systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This type of increase in performance is only possible with a relentless commitment to patient care, quality, and safety every day with every patient. 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.

For the second time this year, all Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare hospitals earned an “A”. “As on a school report card, these grades exemplify our eagerness to learn and improve while collectively working together to pursue the highest level of excellence in patient care,” said Michael Ugwueke, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and CEO.  “Our steadfast focus and attention to detail directly correlate to better health outcomes for our patients.”

In the greater Memphis area, 11 hospitals were graded, and six (6) earned an “A,” one (1) earned a “B,” three (3) earned a “C” and one (1) earned a “D”. No Memphis hospitals earned an “F.” Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, Methodist North, Methodist Olive Branch, Methodist University, Methodist South, and Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett received an “A”. Saint Francis Hospital- Memphis received a “B”. Note: specialty hospitals, including pediatric and women’s hospitals, are not graded by The Leapfrog Group.

For detailed results on all Memphis hospitals click here.

Click here to access safety grades for 2,901 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 10:11 AM

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