Mercy Joplin Earns an "A" for Patient Safety

October 28, 2015

The report cards are in, and Mercy Hospital Joplin has 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 take great pride in caring for our patients and take every precaution they can to keep them safe,” said Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Joplin. “This has been a very big year for us, we couldn’t be more proud to share this exciting news. Not only do we bring you a state of the art facility, but we pair that with exceptional care the moment you walk in the door.”

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 Joplin’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.

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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. 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.

Mercy, the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., which serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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