Memorial Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

Jasper (NNDC) –  The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Kyle Bennett, President and CEO at Memorial Hospital, stated, “Patient safety, quality, and excellence are very important to the staff and providers at Memorial Hospital. While we are honored to now have received an ‘A’ rating for the fourth time in a row, we will continue to work on improving and refining our processes to excel for those we serve.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  

To see Memorial Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is a regional health center under the sponsorship of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. Memorial Hospital serves eight counties in Southern Indiana with approximately 100 active staff physicians and over 1,700 employees. The hospital annually provides care for approximately 260,000 outpatients, 29,000 emergency patients, and 6,500 inpatients and offers a full range of acute medical services in a 137-bed facility.

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