WMC earns an 'A' in patient safety for third year in a row

By The Pulse Oct 23, 2013

Wyoming Medical Center is proud to report that the Leapfrog Group has again awarded us an "A" grade for patient safety.

It is the third year in a row that we’ve earned an “A” on the group's Hospital Safety Score.

“In 2009, we started building our ‘culture of safety,’ implementing a hospital-wide safety initiative. We examined current practices and found ways to cut errors that could harm patients,” said President and CEO Vickie Diamond.

“We implemented our morning safety call to address issues before they become problems. Every day, and at every shift, we talk about safety and we work to improve our safety. Our hard work and commitment has been recognized – in Wyoming and across the country.”

The Leapfrog Group, a national safety watchdog group, grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. It bases its safety score on 26 different measures. Wyoming Medical Center earned the highest possible scores in 11 safety categories, including hand hygiene, care of the ventilated patient, nursing workforce, teamwork and training, ICU Physician Staffing and other categories.

“I want to thank all of our employees for their dedication to patient safety, no matter their job title. It is evident in the work they do every day, and in this latest recognition from the Leapfrog Group,” Diamond said.

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