HCA Midwest Health - September 26, 2017

Safety should be important at all hospitals. I can’t believe some of the things I hear on the news!

Safety should be the first priority for any hospital or healthcare provider. After all, you are there to get better, not gain problems.

When it comes to hospital safety, the gold-standard for ratings are provided by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization. This is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety and hospitals across the U.S. are graded twice a year on safety measures. Scores take into account the basics, such as hand washing and the availability of nurses, as well as more serious issues such as the number of infections and problems with surgery. Recently, Research Medical Center has received an “A” grade for the 4th consecutive time (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016).

Research Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and is dedicated to exceeding commission standards. Our doctors, nurses, clinicians and staff are committed to making our patient’s well-being a priority and continually raising the bar for healthcare.

As a system of hospitals HCA Midwest Health strives to take success stories like Research Medical Center’s safety scores and share those best practices across all their hospitals, lifting patient safety across the region.

Since 1997, HCA Healthcare has invested more then $300 million nationally to set up patient safety technologies aimed at reducing medication errors. One of these technologies is barcode scanning. Barcode scanning is used to ensure patients get the right dose, of the right medication, at the right time. It is also used to accurately track lab specimens, vital signs and even make sure a mother’s pumped breast milk is used to feed her baby.