CMH awarded an ‘A’ for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score
Citizens Memorial Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Our commitment to patient safety is a top priority at CMH,” says Donald J. Babb, chief executive officer of CMH and executive director of Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation. “It is wonderful to be nationally recognized for the efforts made by our dedicated physicians and staff.”
“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Citizens Memorial Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
To see CMH’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is 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.
Citizens Memorial Hospital is a fully-integrated healthcare system devoted to exceptional patient care provided by leading physicians and caring staff. Citizens Memorial Hospital is located in Bolivar, Mo., and serves Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Hickory, northern Greene, Polk and St. Clair Counties. In addition to hospital services, CMH consists of 36 primary care and specialty care physician clinics, Senior Health Center, home health, hospice, and rehabilitation services. Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation includes six long-term care facilities, one residential care facility, five independent living communities, homemaker plus, health transit services, and home medical equipment.
CMH was awarded the prestigious Davies Award of Excellence by the Health Information and Management Systems Society, and has been recognized for its innovative efforts associated with its organizational patient electronic medical record system. CMH was also named a Most Wired and Most Wireless Hospital, and was named one of the Top 10 Rural Hospitals in America. CMH is one of the 10 largest employers in southwest Missouri. In 2010, CMH was awarded the Missouri Quality Award, which is modeled after the coveted Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.
March 01, 2013