April 29, 2021
Overland Park, KS — Menorah Medical Center – part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading and most comprehensive healthcare provider—received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“Patient safety is the very foundation of Menorah Medical Center’s culture of patient care and informs everything we do,” says Menorah Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Phil Buttell. “Our entire team is passionately dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to the patients and communities we serve. Earning this ‘A’ grade not only reflects Menorah Medical Center’s performance in a number of very important quality indicators, it underscores the focus we have on our mission every day: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” says Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Menorah Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
HCA Midwest Health has implemented important protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety of its patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic throughout its facilities, including Menorah Medical Center:
- Screening processes in place for all patients, visitors, and clinicians before entering.
- Separate care locations for COVID-19 positive patients and those under investigation, who are masked and escorted to designated locations. Non-COVID-19 patients, including those receiving outpatient care or undergoing scheduled procedures, are treated in separate areas, and assigned caregivers who are not concurrently caring for COVID-19 positive patients.
- Universal masking required throughout all hospitals, which exceeds CDC guidelines.
- Heightened infection prevention policies, including the removal of high-touch items such as magazines, toys and vending machines from the hospital and clinical units.
- Food and drinks prohibited in clinical units to prevent the spread of illness.
- Updated visitor policies, including limitations, which have been in place for the duration of the pandemic, remain in place.
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Menorah Medical Center was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. See the hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.