OakBend Medical Center has received an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group for its hospital safety. The Mission of The Leapfrog Group is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of U.S. health care by using transparency to support informed health care decisions and promote high-value care.
“OakBend Medical Center is honored to receive an ‘A’ rating for its hard work and efforts to make the hospital safe for our patients and their families,” stated VP and Administrator Sue McCarty. “We consider our patients’ safety a key factor in the healing process, and strive to make sure that they get the best quality of care.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused exclusively on hospital safety. Its A, B, C, D or F letter grades are a quick way for consumers to choose the safest hospital to seek care. These grades are updated twice a year.
The information on hospital performance collected through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey is unique and unavailable anywhere else. Unlike many other data sources, Leapfrog’s data is available by individual bricks-and-mortar facility, providing a robust data set unlike any other. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey uses 28 measures so assign the grades to more than 2,600 hospitals throughout the country. A sample of the survey includes:
• Practices for safer health care, including nursing workforce, hand hygiene policies, culture of safety, leadership pertaining to safety and teamwork training
• Computerized physician order entry implementation and effectiveness
• ICU staffing to reduce mortality
• Infection rates for hospital-acquired infections
• Hospitals’ Never Events policies
• Use of bar code technology to reduce medication errors
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognizes hospitals like OakBend Medical System that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”