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Manchester Memorial Hospital Earns 'A' Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog's Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score

Manchester, KY: Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Being awarded an “A” for our Hospital Safety Score from a national organization such as The Leapfrog Group is significant and demonstrates Manchester Memorial’s ongoing commitment and dedication to keeping patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors,” said Stephen O’Neal, Vice President of Clinical Services/CCO. "Receiving the A grade for patient safety is truly an honor shared by our entire hospital community, with our patients being the ultimate beneficiaries."

"Manchester Memorial Hospital's A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage MMH and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care."

Developed 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. This score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade.

To see how MMH’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

*published in The Manchester Enterprise