October 31, 2017
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Four HCA Midwest Health hospitals are among the 832 hospitals awarded an “A” for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center, a campus of Research Medical Center, received “A” grades.
HCA Midwest Health is Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.
“The physicians and employees across our hospitals in the metro strive to provide the highest quality, compassionate care and service for every patient and their family,” says HCA Midwest Health President M.L. Lagarde III. “These scores make us very proud because it means an independent organization recognizes our top-notch quality care, too. Patients and their families choose us because our doctors and nurses exceed in their professions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is one measure of performance and to be ranked nationally with the highest quality grade among all hospitals is truly an honor.”
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate HCA Midwest Health for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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 HCA Midwest Health hospitals’ full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.
For more information about HCA Midwest Health and its family of hospitals, visit http://hcamidwest.com.