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In Fall 2013 national ranking, Leapfrog awards ‘A’ for Patient Safety to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hospital Safety ScoreSM initiative is only peer-reviewed hospital grading system in the U.S.

GEAUGA COUNTYUniversity Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center has once again been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, employer-backed, nonprofit organization that champions health care quality, safety, value and transparency. The score follows UH Geauga Medical Center’s “A” awarded by Leapfrog this past spring, demonstrating its consistent national leadership in ensuring the safety of its patients.

The Hospital Safety Score initiative is conducted by 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. It is the only peer-reviewed hospital grading system in the United States. UH Geauga Medical Center received the top score in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score. There are approximately 200 Leapfrog “A” hospitals in the United States.

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 final score. The A, B, C, D and F scores assigned to hospitals represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections; injuries; accidents; and medical and medication errors. The most recent Hospital Safety Score results incorporate data updated over the last six months.

“We continue to make the safety of our patients our number-one priority,” says M. Steven Jones, President, UH Geauga Medical Center. “The latest Leapfrog ‘A’ score is exciting news for all of us. It validates and reinforces every aspect of our hospital’s commitment to the overarching quality of care we offer to everyone in Geauga County and the surrounding region.”

Complete details about UH Geauga Medical Center’s Fall 2013 safety score can be viewed at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. In addition, UH Ahuja and UH Case medical centers, along with UH joint-venture hospitals St. John Medical Center and Southwest General Health Center, were honored with an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group.

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