SMC Earns High-Quality Rating from Leapfrog

(PUEBLO, COLO.) The Leapfrog Group released its spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score earlier this week, assigning A through F letter grades to 2,571 hospitals in the U.S.St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center received a B rating for the second year in a row, one of the regions highest ratings in the national health care quality survey that is designed to provide consumers with helpful information to educate and protect themselves and family members when faced with a hospital stay.

Leapfrog releases safety score updates twice a year, but this spring's scores included new factors, including patient satisfaction outcomes like nurse communication, doctor communication and communication about discharge, as well as infection measures for Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 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.

Our Leapfrog scores remind us of our never-ending determination to give our patients the best experience possible, said Wendi Dammann, administrative director, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Just like our Healthgrades Five Star ratings or our Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures award, this Leapfrog rating demonstrates our commitment to providing clinical excellence and superior patient outcomes through a solid foundation of patient safety.

The Leapfrog Group has served as a leading patient safety group for 15 years, and works to ensure that hospitals across the nation are transparent with quality and safety data while sharing that information with the communities they serve. Further, the group aims to provide consumers with tools that will positively enhance the health care they receive, through rigorously rating facilities on their level of care.

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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the regions leading health care network. For more information visitSt. Mary-Corwin Medical Center or follow us on Twitter@StMaryCorwinand onFacebook.

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