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Leapfrog gives high marks in Patient Safety to eight OhioHealth hospitals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eight OhioHealth member hospitals were recently honored for their dedication to patient safety by being recognized in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015 with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. 

An “A” grade was given to six OhioHealth hospitals:

  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital
  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 

Additionally, two of our newest member hospitals received a “B” grade and are steadily moving toward an “A.” Hospitals receiving a “B” grade are:

  • OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital
  • OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, Ohio

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce an A, B, C, D, or F score. The score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

The Leapfrog score is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. It is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay and is free to the public.

“I am very proud of our hospitals for achieving this award again,” said Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, Chief Medical Officer for OhioHealth. “It is a clear indication of the vigilance, determination and commitment we’ve made at OhioHealth to ensure that our patients are cared for with the utmost safety and compassion every day.”

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see how OhioHealth scores measure up nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org.  

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. 

About OhioHealth
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics and has received the honor six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for nine years in a row, 2007-2015.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

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