The report cards are in, and Mercy Hospital Springfield has once again earned an “A” when it comes to keeping patients safe.
The Leapfrog Group has released its Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals on errors, injuries, accidents and infections. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores, with 773 receiving an A.
“Our co-workers are constantly looking for ways to protect our patients,” said Dr. Alan Scarrow, president of Mercy Springfield Communities. “A recent example is our intensive care team, which put into place steps to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia in our critically ill patients. As a result of that work, no patients in that unit have gotten the infection in more than a year. Mercy co-workers are leading efforts like that all over our hospital.”
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 score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.
“Mercy Hospital Springfield’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe.”
Patients can see the scores of hospitals across the country by visiting the Hospital Safety Score website, which also includes consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital.