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
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.