St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital were each recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The “A” scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“This is an affirmation of all the hard work our co-workers have put in over the years to keep our patients safe,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/ Candler Health System. “Patients can be assured that when they enter our facilities our physicians and coworkers will treat them with expertise and compassion.”
“Earning ‘A’ grades on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that these hospitals have exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital for their achievements and encourage the staff to continue to put a priority on the safety of their patients.”
To see the hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.