November 13, 2014
Lakeview Regional Medical Center was honored with an "A" grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. Only 31-percent of hospitals across the country achieved this high grade. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Receiving this ‘A’ grade in safety requires a tremendous amount of commitment from the entire Lakeview Regional staff and exhibits the high priority we place on our patients,” states Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional Chief Executive Officer. “I commend our employees for their dedication and integrity in being the only hospital on the Northshore to reach this achievement.”
“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We applaud the ‘A’ hospitals, including Lakeview Regional for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.