School may be out of session, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t grades being earned this summer. Mercy Hospital Lebanon recently earned an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, recognizing the hospital for being among the safest in the nation.
“We are extremely proud that the safety and quality of patient care we offer is being recognized on a national level,” said Mike Gillen, president of Mercy Hospital Lebanon. “Our main focus is patient safety, and it takes a truly dedicated group of care providers to have this level of exceptional service.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. 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. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their 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.”
The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (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.