St. Catherine Hospital Earns An 'A' Grade In Patient Safety Rating

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) St. Catherine Hospital (SCH) has earned an A rating by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, and becomes the only western Kansas hospital to earn this coveted letter grade in this elite national ratings program for fall 2015. The hospital safety score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the hospital safety 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.

The hospital safety score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F rating representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe. More than 2,500 U.S. hospitals were assigned ratings, 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. Patients can also review their hospitals past safety performance alongside its current grade on the hospital safety score site, allowing them to determine which hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

Six other Kansas hospitals recognized for their strong commitment to patient safety by receiving an A rating were Menorah Medical Center, St. Luke's South Hospital and Shawnee Mission Medical Center, all in Overland Park; Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital, both in Wichita; and Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare.

To see SCH's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

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"The extensive efforts St. Catherine has put towards ensuring the highest quality care to our patients is shown through this score, "said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Matthew Byrnes. "Our highest priority at St. Catherine hospital is to deliver the best care to our patients and to give confidence to our community that they are in good hands when they must be hospitalized."

"St. Catherine Hospital's 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 clinicians and staff to protect your 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 St. Catherine Hospital and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year."


About St. Catherine Hospital
As a Joint Commission accredited regional health care center in southwest Kansas, St. Catherine Hospital is ahead of the curve in health care technology and innovations. The growing, active medical staff includes full time Hospitalists and critical care intensivists, as well as specialist services in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Occupational and Aviation Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Audiology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Nephrology, Radiology, General Surgery, and Urology. Exceptional care, extraordinary people...it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit www.stcatherinehosp.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. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog's 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.