WMC earns fifth ‘A’ in patient safety from hospital watchdog group

By The Pulse Apr 29, 2015

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Wyoming Medical Center is the only Wyoming hospital to earn an “A” grade on The Leapfrog’s Group Hospital Safety Score.

Wyoming Medical Center is proud to report that the Leapfrog Group has again awarded us an “A” grade for patient safety. The Leapfrog Group today released its Hospital Safety Score on 2,523 U.S. hospitals for Spring 2015.

This is the fifth time Wyoming Medical Center has earned an “A,” and we remain the only hospital in Wyoming to achieve Leapfrog’s highest grade.

“We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care,” said Vickie Diamond, president and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center. “That’s why we made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care.”

In 2009, Wyoming Medical Center started building a “culture of safety.” We implemented a hospital-wide safety initiative, looking at current practices and cutting errors that could harm patients.

“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,” Diamond said.

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 28 different measures. Wyoming Medical Center earned the highest scores in 19 safety categories, including hand hygiene, care of the ventilated patient, nursing workforce, teamwork and training, ICU Physician Staffing and other categories.

“At a time when more than 1,000 people die every day from preventable accidents in hospitals, Leapfrog believes that patient safety should be Job #1 in every hospital, 24-7. To reinforce that goal of consistent vigilance, we've made it easier for patients and others to evaluate a hospital’s previous safety record on the Hospital Safety Score website,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and CEO.

According to Leapfrog, of the 2,523 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 782 earned an "A," 719 earned a "B," 859 earned a "C," 143 earned a "D" and 20 earned an "F."

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

“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 that they are making WMC the safest hospital in Wyoming.” Diamond said.

About The Leapfrog Group

The grades used in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score program are derived from expert analysis of publicity available data using national evidence-based measures of patient safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patient safe from preventable harm and medical errors.  For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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