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Memorial Hospital Receives “A” Score From Leapfrog Hospital Survey

Memorial Hospital of Union County earned an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered byThe Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are pleased to receive a letter grade of “A” from Leapfrog,” says Chip Hubbs, President/CEO of Memorial Hospital. “Our physicians and staff continually focus on patient safety, as well as using best practices to provide our community with excellent care. We appreciate this recognition, as well as that of Healthgrades and Modern Healthcare, of our ongoing efforts to be the best community hospital in the country.”

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score grading system evaluates hospitals across the nation on how safe they are for patients, using 28 core measures to determine scoring. Publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and secondary data sources are weighted and then combined to produce a single, consumer-friendly composite score that is published as an A, B, C, D or F letter grade, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. Memorial was one of only 813 hospitals nationwide to have earned an “A” rating. There are over 5,000 hospitals in the United States.

With the Hospital Safety Score, The Leapfrog Group aims to educate and to encourage consumers to consider safety when selecting a hospital for themselves or their families. The thought is that scoring facilities will foster strong market incentives for hospitals to make safety a priority.

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Memorial Hospital of Union County, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

This recognition is in addition to several other honors and awards Memorial has received for outstanding patient safety, including being ranked as number one in Ohio and number 10 in the nation for patient safety by the leading consumer magazine. Memorial was also recently chosen as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.