SAINT MARY’S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER NAMED THE ONLY HOSPITAL IN THE
STATE OF NEVADA TO EARN AN “A” GRADE FOR PATIENT SAFETY BY
LEAPFROG HOSPITAL SAFETY GRADE
(Reno, Nev.) May 15, 2017 – New
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and
provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were
announced for spring 2017 by
The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Saint Mary’s Regional Medical
Center was the only hospital in the state of Nevada to receive an “A”
grade designation out of the 19 hospitals reviewed.
“Quality and safety rankings continue to be a critical driver to
our patient outcomes,” said Helen Lidholm, CEO of Saint Mary’s
Health Network. “We are committed to patient satisfaction and health
care excellence. We want to ensure patients understand what these rankings
mean and how they can utilize this information to choose a health care
National safety regulations for hospitals consider several factors including
handwashing or use of sanitizer gel before and after every patient interaction,
staff training to improve and recognize safety, elimination of infections
in the blood during an ICU stay, and the close monitoring of patients
who are at risk of falling. Additionally, Leapfrog data shows that a patient’s
risk of death at a “C” hospital is 35.2 percent higher and
49.8 percent higher at a “D” or “F” hospital,
as compared to a hospital that ranks at an “A”. Additionally,
33,459 lives could be saves annually if hospitals with grades, “B,”
“C,” “D,” and “F” improved their patient safety.
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data
to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice
per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed,
fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Saint Mary’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient
tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit
www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers
can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for
Apple and Android devices.
To learn more about Saint Mary’s hospital safety measures and why
this ranking is valuable when choosing a hospital.
About Saint Mary’s Health Network: Saint Mary’s based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital
offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized
and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary’s offers a robust
line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer, robust surgical
and orthopedic services, and award-winning Cardiology program and more.
The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a
state-of-the-art Fitness Center. As a long-standing community partner,
Saint Mary’s is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of
northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit
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. The
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.