DICKINSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES “A” GRADE FOR PATIENT SAFETY - AGAIN
Results from the national Leapfrog Survey resulted in an “A” grade for the second consecutive six-month reporting period; a safety grade of “A” was received in December of last year as well. The Leapfrog Group evaluated 2,524 hospitals across the country on their safety levels; only 780 hospitals earned an “A” grade. This places Dickinson Memorial Hospital in the top 31% of hospitals nationwide to meet the stringent criteria established by the Leapfrog Group. A grade of B was given to 638 hospitals (25%) while 932 hospitals received a grade of C (37%), 148 hospitals attained a D (6%), and an E was given to 16 hospitals (1%).
The Group congratulated hospital staff for their “commitment to patient safety and for making critical safety information available to healthcare consumers through participation in national performance measurement and public-reporting programs.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit organization formed in 2001 and is dedicated to the decrease of preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Group calculates a single safety score, based upon 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, which represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The Leapfrog Group is comprised of expert representatives from the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Davis, Vanderbilt University, and University of California-San Francisco.
“Participation in the Leapfrog Project is voluntary,” commented John Schon, Administrator. “It demonstrates not only our staff commitment to safety but also our healthcare system’s commitment to the public disclosure of all of the indicators that are compiled to produce the safety score. We are a public, community hospital, and the honest sharing of information with our community is a responsibility we take seriously.”
DCH System has a demonstrated history of providing high quality care and meeting stringent safety standards. The healthcare system has been recognized for its successful participation in Michigan Hospital Association’s Keystone Initiatives that aim to improve clinical care in the areas of Intensive Care, Hospital Associated Infection, Surgery, Obstetrics, and the Emergency Department. DCH System has also achieved strong scores in the Core Measures Initiative instituted by the federal government through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the healthcare system meets or exceeds the treatment standards for heart disease, heart attack, surgical care and pneumonia thereby attaining the low readmission rates established by the federal government.