Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Excels in Patient Safety – Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score
Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Mercy Health Saint Mary’s with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“At Mercy Health Saint Mary’s we put our highest priority on safety: for patients, visitors, family, staff, physicians, and all who work in the hospital. The Leapfrog Group looks at many parameters of patient safety and ranks hospitals based on actual performance to many indicators,” said John Collins, MD, Chief Quality Officer. “Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has consistently ranked in the highest levels for patient safety. This year’s leap frog group award of “A” status for our safety score is no exception. We have consistently ranked very well in these surveys. In three of the past five years, including 2013 we were one of the top 55 hospitals nationally out of over 1,300 hospitals surveyed. We will continue to value safety for all patients, staff and visitors as we continue to provide the best care and service to every person at every encounter with our Mercy Health System.”
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
To see how Mercy Health Saint Mary’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.