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Memphis Surpasses National Average for "A" Hospitals

In this round of The Hospital Safety Grade, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an “A” and “B” increased from 46% to 55%. Last year at this time only 20% of Memphis hospitals had an "A" and "B". Memphis now surpasses the national average (32%) with 36% of our hospitals receiving an "A".

In the greater Memphis area, 11 hospitals were graded, and four (4) earned an “A,” two (2) earned a “B,” four (4) earned a “C,” and one (1) earned a “D”. No Memphis hospitals earned an “F.” Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, Methodist Olive Branch Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett, and Saint Francis - Memphis  received an “A”. Methodist North Hospital and Methodist University Hospital each received a “B”.

For detailed results on all Memphis hospitals click here.

"With 36% of our hospitals receiving an "A", Memphis is now above the national average of 32% and we are much closer to the national benchmark of 58% of the hospitals receiving an “A” or a “B”. Clearly this is good news! We are seeing some movement of hospitals between grades, but this type of movement has occurred in the past before grades became more predictable and sustainable.  Safety is not a one-and-done; it results from a culture that insists on safety every day for every patient. MBGH looks forward to seeing these improved grades sustained over time. We will then be confident that the improvements are foundational and long lasting.” said Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health, the Regional Leader for The Leapfrog Group for the Memphis-area, and Vice Chair of The Leapfrog Group Board of Directors.

Alongside its semiannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade update, Leapfrog contracted with The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine to update its estimate of deaths due to errors, accidents injuries and infections at “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” hospitals. Researchers assessed more than 2,600 hospitals receiving Hospital Safety Grades and found that when compared to “A” hospitals patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face almost double (92% greater) risk of death. This reseach shows that compared to an "A" hospital your risk of dying increases 34.9% in a "B" hospital; 87.7% in a "C" hospital; and 91.8% in a "D" and "F" hospital (combined. If every hospital had the performance of an “A” hospital, an estimated 50,000 lives saved could be saved. Overall, the researchers concluded that an estimated 160,000 lives are lost annually due to avoidable medical errors that are accounted for in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. See the report and infographic here.

These results reinforce the urgency in Memphis area hospitals continuing to improve the safety of care they provide. Memphians deserve to have the safest hospital care in the country. It seems we are on the right track, but still have work to do. Memphis Business Group on Health is committed to working together with our hospitals to achieve this as quickly as possible.

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 7:38 AM

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