Mercy Earns Tenth Straight A Grade 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 yesterday by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Mercy Regional Medical Center was one of only 823 hospitals in the nation and 16 in Colorado toreceive an A for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. This is the tenth consecutive A grade Mercy has received since the fall of 2012.

Were proud to share that once again Mercy have been nationally recognized for its commitment to patient safety with yet another A grade for patient safety. This recognition from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of our excellent physicians, allied health professionals, nurses, and staff, said Bill Plauth, M.D., Mercys chief medical officer. This award would not be possible without the generous support from our community and the collaboration with our community and Centura Health partners, he added.

Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an A Safety Grade.

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 locallyand 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 Regional Medical Center 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 visit the Centura Health website.