TLRMC gets "A" again for patient safety

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Excels in Patient Safety - Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score
 
1 of only 251 hospitals in the nation to have earned an “A” in all 5 score releases
 
Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
 
This is the fifth “A” Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has received and the hospital is one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to have earned an “A” in all 5 score releases. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety.
 
According to Twin Lakes CEO Wayne Meriwether, MHA, receiving the honor again reflects on how seriously the hospital staff takes safety.
 
“Receiving The Leapfrog Group’s top safety rating five consecutive times is a tribute to our employees and physicians for the excellent care they provide to our patients. It is my hope that when someone in our community has to be hospitalized that they can rest a little easier knowing they will be receiving the absolutely best care possible.”
 
2,600 hospitals across the U.S. were assigned a score and in Kentucky 11 hospitals received an A, 12 received a B and 25 received either a C or a D. To see how Twin Lake’s scores compare nationally and regionally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The website also has safety tips for patients and their loved ones plus a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app. The information is free to the public."
 
Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the board of directors, physicians and providers, administration, and staff of Twin Lakes for achieving an “A” and showing us that they made the well-being of their patients a top priority.” 
 
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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades
 
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November, 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.