Mercy earns sixth consecutive A grade in Hospital Safety Score

(DURANGO, COLO.) Mercy Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections acquired within the hospital. Mercys A grade is a valuable indicator for patients looking for a safe place to receive care.

Building on our past record of safety, we embarked last year on our journey to become a High Reliability Organization, where safety is a core value, said Bill Plauth, M.D., Mercys chief medical officer. To achieve this, it takes everyonephysicians, allied health professionals, nurses, staff, operations and senior leadersto create a culture where evidence-based practices are adopted, patient-centered care is the focus, and error prevention strategies become practice habits performed as intended, consistently over time.

Mercys A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Mercy and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.

Hospital Safety Scores are released in the spring and fall of each year. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. All five of Mercys previous Hospital Safety Scoressince fall of 2012have been As.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrogs 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 hospitals overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering on the Hospital Safety Score website a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. The hospital safety rating is peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety and the score is free to the public.

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

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 www.mercydurango.org 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 18,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, six 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 visit www.centura.org.

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. The 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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