Murray-Calloway Co. Hospital Gets 'A' Safety Score
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY, KY - 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 Friday by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Murray-Calloway County Hospital was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“I’m extremely excited to announce to you that our organization earned a fourth straight “A” rating from Leapfrog for our overall safety posture. That is fantastic because only 12 hospitals in Kentucky got “A” ratings! We collectively do a fantastic job and I am so proud of our staff, and greatly appreciate being able to brag on their success when it comes to safety,” said Jerry Penner, CEO at MCCH.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
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.
Other area hospitals receiving scores include:
Baptist Health Paducah - C
Baptist Memorial (Union City) - A
Jackson Purchase Medical Center (Mayfield) - B
Lourdes Hospital (Paducah) - C
To see Murray-Calloway County Hospital’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.