Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals prevent medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. 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 (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to inform themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
This is the third consecutive time Research Medical Center has earned an A grade.
“The Hospital Safety Score and our ‘A’ grade are a reflection of the work we have collectively done to provide safe, quality and affordable healthcare for our patients,” says Dr. James S. Bower, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Research Medical Center. “Patients and their families choose us because our nurses and doctors are at the top of their professions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is one measure of performance and to earn the highest quality grades among all hospitals is truly an honor.”
“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals,” says Leah Binder, president and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Research Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of healthcare nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”
Developed 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. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.
To see how Research Medical Center’s score compares locally and nationally and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.
For more information on Research Medical Center, visit researchmedicalcenter.com.