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across the U.S. are showing improvement when it comes to patient safety, but
according to the latest release of the standard public score regarding patient
safety, more work needs to be done.
The updated Hospital Safety Scores – the A,
B, C, D or F score assigned to U.S. general hospitals based on infections, injuries,
and medical and medication errors – were released today by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national
not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care and the
nation’s leading experts on patient safety.
Scores were assigned to 10 hospitals in the greater Memphis-area,
with four receiving an “A,” the highest score.
is proud of the hospitals who achieved ‘A’ Hospital Safety Scores, including Methodist
Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, Methodist University Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital
Bartlett, and Saint Francis Hospital Memphis. We will continue to work with
other hospitals in our community so our local hospitals can earn ‘A’s," said Cristie
Upshaw Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH). MBGH is the
official Regional Roll-Out for the Hospital Safety Score in the greater Memphis
area and in West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi.
a complete list of the scores for Memphis area hospitals click here. To get
information on other hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and across the
country, click here.
The Hospital Safety Score highlights the country’s safest hospitals and
warns against those with unacceptable safety records in order to save lives and
bring attention to our nation’s silent epidemic of deaths and injuries as a
result of medical errors.
“We were pleased that
many hospitals used the Hospital Safety Score to identify areas for
improvement,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The
Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “The employers and other
purchasers of care that are part of Leapfrog are looking for rapid reduction in
the errors, accidents, and injures that are killing and harming people
unnecessarily, and we are pleased to see that change is happening. More needs to be done, and faster, but we congratulate the hospitals
that are leading the way.”
advance the market for change, and in conjunction with this round of updated
Hospital Safety Scores, Leapfrog is also announcing:
- The Hospital Safety
Score mobile app:
The app uses GPS tracking to advise users on the grades of nearby hospitals, or
permit searching in other areas. To download the free app, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
- Advice from the
Altarum Institute on how employers can and do use hospital ratings: Altarum Institute (www.altarum.org) integrates
objective research and client-centered consulting skills to deliver
comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care.
Altarum is issuing a white paper
on how employers and other large purchasers of health care use information from
Leapfrog and the Hospital Safety Score, as well as other public ratings, to
improve the experience of care for their employees.
- The Leapfrog Group’s
new recommendation for people hurt by errors, accidents, and injuries to get
recommends people contact ProPublica, which has set up a special hotline and
interactive web portal for the Hospital Safety Score,
enabling people to recount their experiences for researchers, journalists, and
“Memphians should use the Hospital Safety Score as one important piece of
information in choosing a hospital for their families and as a tool to raise questions
with their doctors,” said Travis.
under the guidance of a nine-member Blue Ribbon Panel of patient safety experts,
the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital
safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall
performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
November 2012 release of the Hospital Safety Score is a planned update of the
June 2012 initial release. Several hospitals showed improvement, but hospitals
that are a hazard to patients received an appropriate D or F score instead of a
“Score Pending” assignment. The June 2012 “Score Pending” assignment provided
those institutions a six-month window for improvement.
For more information on the Hospital Safety Score, or to find out the
score of your local hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.