Mercy Hospital Lebanon has received a top grade for protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. On Tuesday, The Leapfrog Group released its spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score, giving the hospital its second “A” in a row.
“I am very pleased with the validation of the safe care our patients receive,” said Mike Gillen, Mercy Hospital Lebanon president. “I am not surprised by the finding. Mercy Hospital Lebanon has been recognized by several quality monitoring organizations for providing the highest levels of patient safety. Our focus is not on receiving recognition but on ensuring the care our patients receive is the safest possible.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Mercy Hospital Lebanon’s score 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 keeping patients safe from preventable harm
“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Mercy Hospital Lebanon for achieving an ‘A’ and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. To see how Mercy Hospital Lebanon’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.