Two Local Hospitals Recognized For Patient Safety
Two local hospitals have received an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
Both Doctors Hospital and University Hospital received the high scores. This is the third consecutive year that University has received the A rating.
University Health Care System President/CEO Jim Davis said receiving the highest score possible on the “report card” is confirmation for that University is on the right track regarding safety.
“Patient safety has always been, and always will be, University’s No. 1 goal,” Davis said. “This community puts its trust in the care we provide, and we will continue to do everything we can to live up to that trust.”
Karen Smith, Chief Nursing Officer of Doctors Hospital, said, “Doctors Hospital puts patient safety first, and this score shows that what we are doing is working. Our nurses, physicians and staff work hard to provide high quality care to all our patients. We are very proud of this accomplishment.”
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.
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. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade.