Mercy Recognized For Outstanding Record In Patient Safety Awarded A Grade In April 2016 Hospital Safety Score

(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 this week by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Mercy Regional Medical Center was one of only 798 hospitals in the nation 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 fall of 2012.

We are humbled by the national recognition from Leapfrog and attribute our success to the culture of excellence that our providers, nurses, staff and leaders have created over the years, saidBillPlauth, M.D., Mercys chief medical officer. To achieve this, it takes all of usphysicians, 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 practiced habits, performed as intended, consistently over time.

Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an A from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

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 letter grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. 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. Visit Mercy Regional Medical Center 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 Healthwebsite.

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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