Leapfrog Gives ‘A’ in Patient Safety to 4 UH-Affiliated Hospitals

Four hospitals affiliated with University Hospitals were honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center, University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center and joint venture hospital St. John Medical Center received the top scores in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“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.

“Hospitals like this that earn an ‘A’ have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate these hospitals for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. This most recent Hospital Safety Score update accounts for the data updated over the last six months, most covering hospital performance in 2011, and uses a modified methodology based on research and public comments.

The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. Individuals can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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