Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
Five hospitals affiliated with University Hospitals received “A” grades in hospital safety in The Leapfrog Group’s survey of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals, according to the national nonprofit organization.
University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center, UH Geauga Medical Center and UH Richmond Medical Center (a campus of UH Regional Hospitals) along with joint venture hospitals St. John Medical Center and Southwest General Health Center received top scores calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.
U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety. Leapfrog is identifying only those hospitals that received a C grade or better. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.
Of the 2,651 U.S. hospitals given a grade, 729 received an A, 679 scored a B, 1,111 got a C, and the remaining 132 are pending a grade. Of the 97 hospitals rated in Ohio, 31 received an A.
“We are proud of this extraordinary achievement, which reflects University Hospitals’ ongoing commitment to quality and safety for our patients,” said William Annable, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Director of the UH Quality Institute. “This is an exceptional recognition when you consider that more than 2,600 hospitals across the country are measured.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, said the goal of its initiative is to provide usable public information and to stimulate improvements in public safety.
“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.” To see the UH scores as they compare locally and nationally, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how consumers can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
About University Hospitals
University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of hospitals, outpatient centers and primary care physicians. At the core of our health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation and the world, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics and spine, radiology and radiation oncology, neurosurgery and neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation and human genetics. Its main campus includes the internationally celebrated UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. For more information, go to http://www.uhhospitals.org
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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.