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05-20-2014

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LCMH Excels in Patient Safety-Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Little Company of Mary Hospital 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.

 

“Receiving another top “A” Grade Hospital Safety Score further validates our commitment to the quality and safety of our patients, “said Dennis Reilly, President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health care Centers.

 

“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Little Company of Mary Hospital for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.” 

 

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.

 

Little Company of Mary has a rich history of providing the community with nationally recognized, high-quality care.  The state-of-the-art West Pavilion patient tower allows the hospital to focus on its family-centered model and continue with their mission to care and provide the latest technology to heal.  For more information about Little Company of Mary, visit our website at www.lcmh.org.

 

To view Little Company of Mary’s full scores or to view what neighboring hospitals scored, please visit Hospitalsafetyscore.org.  The Hospital Safety Score is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients. This score empowers you to make informed decisions about the safety of your hospital care.

 

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org)  is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

 



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