Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety

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A hospital safety watchdog group called Leapfrog has released its latest list of safest - and riskiest - hospitals in the United States.

Thirteen Virginia hospitals near D.C. received A grades.

The evaluation system looks at numbers of hospital errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

"Everyone at Freeman works together to set a standard of excellence to deliver compassionate, innovative and safe healthcare to the communities we serve", said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact.

Consumers can view scores online free of charge.

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"Errors and infections in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in America, and people deserve to know which of their hospitals are best at preventing them", said Binder. Its hospital safety grades, released every April and October since 2012, are aimed at encouraging patients to pay attention to safety when they choose hospitals. Rhode Island ranked first among the states with the most A hospitals. Of the 46 hospitals in the state participating in the survey, 19 received the top grade.

North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and NY had the lowest percent of hospitals earning an "A" grade. Rhode Island had the most dramatic improvement, jumping from 50th in 2012 to number one in the fall of 2017.

Leapfrog uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement to rank their hospitals, according to their website. "By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities", said President and CEO of Leapfrog, Leah Binder, in a statement. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety".

Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne all received A grades.

You can read how the letter grade is calculated here.

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