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Frisbie achieves highest possible grade for Hospital Safety

April 19, 2018

Frisbie Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it achieved an A, the highest possible grade in the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade. Hospitals that repeatedly earn an “A” for safety are in elite company; only 750 hospitals total nationwide received an A this cycle. 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 fifth consecutive A.

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 for 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.

“I am thrilled that Frisbie Memorial Hospital has been awarded this designation, but I also know it’s the talented people of FMH that continue to earn it. I am proud to work with so many who are dedicated to maintaining a standard of excellence and provide the best possible quality of patient care each and every day,” said Jocelyn F. Caple, MD, Interim CEO at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

Frisbie Memorial Hospital was recently honored with the 2018 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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