Meadville Tribune

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December 11, 2013

MMC gets Hospital Safety Score of 'A'

MEADVILLE — Meadville Medical Center (MMC) was honored with an “A” grade in the fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

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 (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information it can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are extremely pleased to have achieved the highest quality and safety scores in our region,” said Phillip Pandolph, MMC chief executive officer. “Our dedicated leadership and staff work diligently every day to place every patient and family first. We are deeply committed to ensuring the best care for our community.”

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “The ‘A’ hospitals, including Meadville Medical Center, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide. We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see Meadville Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. Hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated 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 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. Full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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