HPCI News: More News Media Coverage Needed on Hospital Safety Scores

To: Members and selected others

Ten (10) hospitals in the greater Iowa area received an "A" on the most recent national Hospital Safety Scores. They are: Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids; Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Trinity Medical Center at Terrance Park, Bettendorf; Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell; Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames; Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque; Spencer Municipal Hospital, Spencer; St. Mary’s, Rochester, MN; Mayo Clinic Methodist, MN and Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Hospital, Omaha.

The Hospital Score grades hospitals on how safe they are for patients. According to Health Affairs, as many as one-third of hospital visits lead to hospital related injuries. These types of injuries can increase the risk of complications and patient death.

The Iowa Health Buyers Alliance (IHBA) has called on the Iowa news media for more coverage of Hospital Safety Scores. See attached. The Leapfrog Group will be issuing new Hospital Safety Scores in April.

HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 778-6300