HPCI News: 2015 Greater Iowa Hospital Safety Scores Released

To: Members and Selected Others

This week hospitals in the greater Iowa market area received new grades showing how well they protect their patients from accidents, injuries and infections. These Hospital Safety Scores - the A,B, C, D or F grades assigned to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals - were released by The Leapfog Group. Nationwide, hospital errors are the third leading cause of death behind only heart disease and cancer.

In greater Iowa, grades were assigned to 52 hospitals with 12 receiving an A, the highest letter grade. Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames and Mayo Clinic Hospital (Methodist Campus) - Rochester have received "Straight A's" since the inception of the Scores in 2012.

Other hospitals receiving an A in greater Iowa are: Allen Memorial Hospital - Waterloo, Finley Hospital - Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids, Fort Madison Community Hospital, Mercy Medical Center - Clinton, Skiff Medical Center - Newton, Avera Mc Kennan Hospital and University Health Center - Sioux Falls, CHI Health Immanuel - Omaha and CHI Health Lakeside - Omaha.

For the first time since the Hospital Safety Scores were debuted, the website will display hospitals' grades all the way back to the Score's in 2012. This makes it easy for consumers to identify hospitals which consistently achieved high standards and which have improved over time.

The Score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, 100 percent transparent and free to the public. For more information on the Hospital Patient Safety Score, or to find out the score of your local hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Also, you can follow Hospital Safety Score on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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