group gives blessing and A for patient safety | daily city gate

For the fourth consecutive survey period, an independent national health care watchdog organization has awarded Blessing Hospital an “A” grade for patient safety.

The Leapfrog Group, founded by 2,000 major employers and other healthcare buyers, assigns an A to F rating every six months to about 2,900 general hospitals across the country. The ratings are based on more than 30 performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents, infections and the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

Typically, about one-third of hospitals surveyed receive an “A” rating. In addition to receiving the top grade for the Spring 2022 survey, Blessing earned “A” grades for both survey periods in 2021 and the Fall 2020 survey period.

“As healthcare systems continue to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the caregivers and leadership of Blessing Hospital for their continued commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety rating is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by all healthcare personnel to protect patients from harm. The communities served by Blessing Hospital should be proud.

“I didn’t think I could be more proud of our providers and the staff at Blessing Hospital than I was during their response to the pandemic,” said Maureen Kahn, RN, MSN, MHA, President and CEO. , Blessing Health System/Blessing Hospital. “But their patient safety achievements make it clear that, as they faced a vicious virus and the huge demand for care it caused, the team at Blessing Hospital remained sharply focused. on patient safety.

“This fourth consecutive ‘A’ grade for patient safety takes my pride in the Blessing Hospital team to an even higher level,” she added.

“Patient safety is not a one-time achievement,” said Mary Frances Barthel, MD, MHCM, SFHM, FACP, quality and safety manager, Blessing Health System. “Caregivers at Blessing Hospital need to earn their ‘A’ grade back with every patient, every day.”

“Health care providers are humans and humans are not perfect, and no process or procedure is foolproof,” she continued. “Yet patients deserve the highest level of safety possible, and caregivers at Blessing Hospital are committed to doing all they can to provide that level of care every shift, every day,” concluded Dr Barthel.

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