No Colorado Springs hospital earned an A in patient safety, according to the latest information from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit group of employer purchasers of health care.
Penrose-St. Francis earned a B for both its campuses, and Memorial Hospital earned a C, according to the grades assigned – based on infections, injuries, medical and medication errors. Scores were assigned to 39 hospitals in the state, and 15 received As.
The University of Colorado Hospital, which now leases Memorial, received one of those As. Partner Poudre Valley Health Center received a B.
The hospital safety score highlights the country’s safest hospitals and warns against those with unacceptable safety records in order to save lives and bring attention to our nation’s silent epidemic of deaths and injuries as a result of medical errors. The Score was peer-reviewed in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Patient Safety.
“We are pleased to see that hospitals are using the Hospital Safety Score to create change, but it is clear that more improvements in patient safety are needed,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.
Patients should use the score as a resource for locating the hospitals with the best record of patient safety, said Donna Marshall, of the Colorado Business Group on Health.
“It is one important piece of information they can use to choose a hospital and raise questions with their doctors,” she said. “We will use the Hospital Safety Score in our community to educate the public about patient safety and taking precautions when admitted to a hospital.”
Calculated under the guidance of a nine-member Blue Ribbon Panel of patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in patient safety.