Bellefontaine, Ohio (December 30, 2013) - Mary Rutan Hospital was recently honored for the second year in a row with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The “A” rating in hospital safety goes only to those select few U.S. hospitals that earn a national distinction for excellence in patient safety.
“We are very proud to be recognized for the second straight year with an ‘A’ rating,” said Mandy Goble, CEO of Mary Rutan Hospital. This is a true testament that bigger does not always mean better. Our hospital went head to head with many larger hospitals in our region that were not able to achieve the “A” rating.”
“A” through “F” scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“This award is a direct result of the many initiatives that are in place and followed at our hospital as well as the ongoing dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff who strive each day to make our hospital a leader in quality care,” says Goble.
“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Mary Rutan Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.
To see Mary Rutan Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.