Mercy Earns Eighth Straight A for Patient Safety

(DURANGO, COLO)New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide a picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced last week by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Mercy Regional Medical Center was one of only 844 hospitals in the nation and 14 in Colorado to receive an A grade, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. This is the eighth consecutive A grade Mercy has received since the spring of 2013.

Its wonderful for Mercy to receive national recognition once again for being one of the safest hospitals in the United States. Mercy is actually among the four percent of hospitals in the nation to have received straight As from Leapfrog since inception of their safety scores in 2013. This honor reflects our covenant of caring to ensure the safest environment as we care for those who are injured or ill, saidBillPlauth, M.D., Mercys chief medical officer. Were very proud of our physicians, allied health professionals, nurses, and staff who have developed and adopted error-prevention strategies while delivering excellent, compassionate care, consistently over time, he added.

Earning straight As in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement and testament to a hospitals ongoing vigilance and commitment to patient safety, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. We thank Mercy Regional for being an example of excellence in preventing harm to patients, and urge you to continue championing patient safety.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrogs Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see how Mercys score compares locally and nationally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website.





About Mercy Regional Medical Center

Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See the Mercy website for more information.

About Centura Health

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please the Centura website.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrogs other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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