Frisbie achieves highest possible grade for Hospital Safety

November 14, 2018

Frisbie Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it has achieved an “A” in the fall 2018 Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade, which is the nation’s only rating system focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Hospitals that repeatedly earn an “A” for safety, like Frisbie Memorial, are in an elite company. Of the 2,600 hospitals graded, only 32 percent earned an “A.” Not only has Frisbie Memorial Hospital achieved the nation’s top honor for patient safety, but it has sustained that performance over time, earning its sixth consecutive “A.”

“Once again, the professionals of Frisbie Memorial Hospital have demonstrated that there is no greater goal or priority than providing the best possible care to the people we serve. This achievement is only a reflection of the daily dedication and collective commitment to excellence put forth by so many in this organization. I am so proud to be part of this team,” said Jocelyn Caple, MD, MBA, president and CEO for Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system. The Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors and is becoming the gold standard measure in patient safety. Hospitals are rated on how they perform in 28 measures relating to infections, problems with surgery, practices to prevent errors, safety problems, and doctors, nurses and hospital staff. Hospitals that earn an “A” have in place strict protocols to prevent patient injuries, such as surgical safety checklists and fall prevention initiatives, and perform above average overall in keeping patients safe compared to those receiving a “B” or lower.

Frisbie Memorial Hospital is committed to quality and safety. In 2018, it received the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for patient safety. The distinguished designation identifies the country’s best hospitals based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction, clinical performance, patient recommendation rating, and what women say they want from a hospital.

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