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Manchester Memorial Hospital Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety – Awarded an “A” in Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Manchester, KY: Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from 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 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.  “Our staff work diligently to place patient safety first and it is an honor to be recognized at the national level for this distinction.”


“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Manchester Memorial Hospital for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.” 


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 representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.


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*