Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MetroHealth Receives Leapfrog Safety Score of “A” for Second Consecutive Year
(Cleveland) –The MetroHealth System was honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in its Hospital Safety Score fall 2013 update, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
“We’re pleased to have been recognized as an ‘A’ hospital several times, including twice consecutively,” said Al Connors, MD, Chief Medical Officer of The MetroHealth System. “This score is validation of our unwavering commitment to patient safety, and acts as further motivation to continue delivering unparalleled care to the patients and the community we serve.”
Calculated 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 a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall.
“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive healthcare, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including The MetroHealth System, are helping us to raise the standards of healthcare nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope MetroHealth will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and is administered by Leapfrog, an independent industry watchdog. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is a comprehensive academic healthcare system which has served as the safety- net public hospital for Northeast Ohio for 176 years. MetroHealth has a nationally-renowned Level I trauma and burn center and an acclaimed critical-care transport program – Metro Life Flight. MetroHealth’s network of 17 health centers incorporates a patient-centered medical home team care approach to optimize patient outcomes through chronic disease management. MetroHealth is in the top 4 percent of hospitals in the U.S. that have achieved Magnet® recognition for a second time. Magnet® is the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Founded in 1837, MetroHealth has been a major affiliate of Case Western Reserve University since 1914, and all MetroHealth active physician staff hold faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In the past year, MetroHealth provided one million inpatient and outpatient visits – with overall revenue of nearly $750 million. For more information on The MetroHealth System, visit www.MetroHealth.org.