Redmond Regional Medical Center Receives an 'A' for Patient Safety

Thirty-eight of the participating New Jersey hospitals received the highest grade of A in the fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

After earning a handful of B and C letter grades for patient safety, NorthShore University HealthSystem's Evanston and Glenbrook hospitals are now among the 43 safest hospitals in IL, according to the latest report by Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit focused on hospital safety.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, CHI St. Luke's Health-The Woodlands Hospital and CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport were awarded an "A" from The Leapfrog Group " s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The group strives to promote transparency in health care quality reporting, by grading hospitals from "A" to "F" on how well they protect patients from medical errors, infections and other preventable harm.

The Leapfrog Group wanted to add the measure to its biannual grading report because medication errors are a major cause of patient safety events at hospitals and the CMS now doesn't monitor it, according to Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. We are named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two specialties by U.S. News and World Report.

The only local hospital to get a C in the fall 2018 rating period was WakeMed Cary Hospital. This information is also used within Catholic Health to continuously monitor and improve quality outcomes throughout its hospitals. "The Leapfrog Safety Grade is an excellent yardstick for us to measure ourselves against the best hospitals in the country as we move one step closer to achieving straight A's throughout our system".

"Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Huntington Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety". Leapfrog said medication errors are the most common errors made in hospitals, but no Triangle hospital submitted this data this time around and it's not included in their letter grades. "Our hospital's long legacy is based on putting patients first and a honest commitment to individuals and families of our community".

Dr. Lawrence Ramunno, chief medical officer at University said the D grade, up from an F in the fall survey, indicates a positive trend. The state-funded hospital is now operating under a monitor and the state identified a number of serious infection control deficiencies during a recent inspection, following a bacterial outbreak that infected four medically fragile infants, one of whom may have died as a result.

"University Hospital knows that patient trust is built upon the quality and safety of care we provide".

"An "A" grade from The Leapfrog Group is the gold standard for patient safety and a huge achievement", said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital.

"It also confirms our continued need for safer, more effective, and more consistent processes for creating the best patient experience possible", Ramunno said. "We know this won't happen overnight, but we are fully committed to providing quality health care to the Newark community, and we won't be satisfied until we receive an A".

For Saint Michael's, the turnaround is even more dramatic. Maybe, Binder said, but "that's why we have 28 measures in this score ..." Other improvements have taken time to show up, given the lag in assessing the data, he said.

"For everyone in Catholic Health - from our physicians, nurses, clinical professionals and support staff, to our leadership and board of directors - quality and patient safety is our top priority", said Mark Sullivan, president and CEO of Catholic Health. Visitors can also compile lists of all hospitals assessed in a state.

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