Shasta Regional Medical Center was honored this week with an "A" Hospital Safety Score℠ by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades from A to F to hospitals throughout the country for their safety. The annual safety scores are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections, and are compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and are intended to empower patients with information to objectively evaluate local hospitals and make health care decisions for themselves and their families.
This is the Leapfrog Group's second round of hospital safety ratings. The initial report, released in June 2012, also garnered Shasta Regional the top "A" rating.
"Receiving this recognition for a second time shows that Shasta Regional remains committed to providing quality health care that is focused on patient safety," said Cyndy Gordon, Shasta Regional's Chief Nursing Officer. "It's at the core of everything we do."
In its first effort in June, Leapfrog gave a break to hospitals nationwide with poor showings, giving them a "Grade Pending." This time, Leapfrog pulled out its red pen, giving 25 hospitals an "F." Another 122 hospitals got a "D." Leapfrog awarded 790 hospitals an "A," and 678 received a "B." Leapfrog gave 1,004 hospitals a "C."
"Hospitals that earn an 'A' have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.
To see the hospitals' scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score℠ Web site.