Minden Medical Center has been honored with an "A" Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety.
"The pursuit of Patient Safety throughout our hospital is an ongoing 'journey' as we realize the destination is neither a static one nor one in which we have finally arrived," said George E. French, III, Chief Executive Officer. "There are many different ways in which to use and interpret data; we are pleased that Minden Medical Center received an 'A' rating, the highest safety score given by The Leapfrog Group."
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).
"It's The Leapfrog Group's goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the hospitals that earned an 'A' for putting patient safety first."
To see Minden Medical Center's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.