HPCI News: Hospital Safety Scores for Iowa hospitals released -
10 get an "A"

To: Members and selected others

The Leapfrog Group just released new Hospital Safety Scores for Iowa hospitals and others across the U.S.. Of the thirty (30) Iowa hospitals included, ten (10) received an "A" grade, the highest score. They are: Finley Hospital of Dubuque, Genesis Medical Center-Davenport, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Mary Greeley Medical Center-Ames, Mercy Medical Center of Cedar Rapids, Mercy Medical Center of Clinton, Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center of Mason City, Skiff Medical Center-Newton and Spencer Hospital. See attached listing of all the Iowa hospitals with their scores.

These grades were assigned to U.S. general hospitals based on their infections, injuries and errors. They are designed to give the public information they can use, in an effort to prevent more than 400,000 deaths estimated to occur in the United States every year due to hospital errors.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety. Twenty-eight (28) measures of publically available hospital safety data are used to produce a single score that represents a hospital's overall performance in patient safety.

As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where they receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency.

View this PDF for more details.

Paul M. Pietzsch, MPH
HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 778-6300

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