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Research Medical Center Recognized With Outstanding Rating in Patient Safety by Nation’s Leading Experts

Research Medical Center October 31, 2016

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announced today it has been honored with an outstanding “A” grade in the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which rates how well hospitals prevent medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. 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, an independent industry watchdog.

“Our physicians and employees strive to provide the best care and service for every patient and their family,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza - Van Blaricum.  “This score makes us very proud because it means an independent organization recognizes our high-quality care, too.  Patients and their families choose us because our nurses and doctors are at the top of their professions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is one measure of performance and to earn the highest quality grades among all hospitals is truly an honor.”

"Our physicians and employees strive to provide the best care and service for every patient and their family."
Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, CEO

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Other HCA Midwest hospitals recognized with “A” grades include Centerpoint Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see the full grade received by HCA Midwest Health hospitals and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

For more information on Research Medical Center and its full spectrum of services, visit http://researchmedicalcenter.com.

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