April 25, 2016
New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Frankfort Regional Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. Frankfort Regional Medical Center is one of only four Kentucky hospitals to receive an A for the past four consecutive Hospital Safety Score reports – dating back to Fall 2014. Fifty-two hospitals in Kentucky received a score in the Spring report, with 11 hospitals receiving an A grade. Leapfrog does not grade specialty or pediatric hospitals.
“Receiving an ‘A’ from Leapfrog shows that our physicians and staff are consistently providing a safe environment of care for our patients,” said Chip Peal, Chief Executive Officer. “It places us among the best hospitals in America in this category, and it represents the commitment we have to the communities we serve.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.
To view the score for each U.S. hospital, go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
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