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Grade "A" Reinforces Commitment to Patient Safety

07-02-2015

CaroMont Regional Medical Center Receives a Grade "A" for Patient Safety in Leapfrog's 2015 Hospital Safety Score

CaroMont Regional CaroMont Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an ‘A’ grade—the highest rating available—in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score. This score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. This is the third time CaroMont has receive an ‘A’ grade.

"We are continuously focused on quality patient care and exceeding the rigorous standards set before us to ensure a safe environment for our patients and their families,” said Doug Luckett, President and CEO at CaroMont Health. “From our stringent hand hygiene protocol to a system-wide culture of safety, this is health care our patients can feel good about.”

Examples of how CaroMont has enhanced safety and quality initiatives include more concentrated provider education on harmful event documentation, strengthened cross-department collaboration to ensure proper coding, and the implementation of multidisciplinary task forces to review and analyze process improvement development.

This ‘A’ grade is a valuable indicator for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety 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.

“CaroMont Regional’s ‘A’ grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage CaroMont Regional and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.”

Developed 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. This score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an A grade.

To see CaroMont Regional’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. For more information about CaroMont Regional Medical Center and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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