Slidell Memorial Hospital Awarded By Hospital Safety Score, Only Metro Hospital To Achieve An ‘A’

SLIDELL, LA – Slidell Memorial Hospital was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 update to the Hospital Safety Score, released Wednesday, October 28, 2015, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
         The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.
         The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
         “I thank each SMH team member for constantly working toward excellence in patient safety,” SMH Chief Executive Office Bill Davis said. “It isn’t enough to do ‘good enough’ when it comes to patient safety and other key quality measures. That’s why this designation matters – because it demonstrates our patients are getting the safe, advanced and dedicated care we promise them we’ll deliver.”
         SMH was the only hospital in metropolitan New Orleans to achieve the “A” rating, Davis noted.
         “No matter how large or small, no matter what kind of community they serve, all hospitals have the potential to give their patients this high level of safe care,” said Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder.
         Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s 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 hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
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