Shasta Regional Medical Center was honored earlier 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
The first annual Hospital Safety Score℠ was calculated under the guidance
of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel. Using publicly available
information, the panel graded more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals based on
data that tracks preventable errors and medical complications, such as
hospital-acquired infections and medication mix-ups. U.S. hospitals were
assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety. Only 729 of the hospitals
graded nationwide received an "A."
"Patient safety is at the core of everything we do here at Shasta
Regional," said Cyndy Gordon, Shasta Regional's Chief Nursing
Officer. "This honor highlights the devotion and hard work by the
physicians, nurses and staff to deliver the highest standards of patient
safety and quality care."
Shasta Regional has made vast upgrades in its technology systems with regard
to patient safety from the implementation of bedside verification to the
conversion to electronic medical records. "Our investment in the
latest technology is one more way we are committed to the community we
serve to deliver superior quality health care and the highest level of
patient safety," said Randall Hempling, CEO at Shasta Regional.
All total, eleven hospitals from Prime Healthcare Services, the parent
company of Shasta Regional, were awarded an "A" for Patient Safety.
"It's The Leapfrog Group's goal to give patients the information
they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah
Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate
the hospitals that earned an 'A' and we look forward to the day
when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting
patient safety first."
To see the hospitals' scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit
www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score℠ website, which also provides information on
how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.