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Research Medical Center Recognized For Outstanding Rating In Patient Safety

Research Medical Center April 29, 2015

Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, CEO

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—was honored with an “A” grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals prevent 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.

“Our employees and physicians strive to provide the best care and service for every patient,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center.  “This ‘A’ makes us very proud because it means an external organization recognizes our great care, too.  Patients 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.”   

“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” says Leah Binder, president and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Research Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of healthcare 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 Research Medical Center’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.

For more information on Research Medical Center, visit researchmedicalcenter.com.

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