Mercy Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety Awarded an A in Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score

(Durango, COLO.) Mercy Regional Medical Center was recently honored with an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Scoreis compiled under the guidance of experts on patient safety and is administered byThe Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The hospital safety rating is peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Mercys staff and providers are guided by evidence-based practices and strive to provide highest quality care to every patient, every day, said Mercy CEO Tom Gessel. Receiving our sixth consecutive A grade shows that our collective efforts are paying off, to the benefit of those we serve. Patient safety will continue to be our priority, he added. Leapfrogs Hospital Safety Scores are given in the spring and fall of each year and Mercy has received an A in every period in which it has been rated.

Mercy Regional Medical Centers A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of the clinicians and staff to protect their patients, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Mercy and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew their commitment to safety year after year.

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. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospitals past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

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

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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 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 19,400 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 16 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.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Scoreis an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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