UH Samaritan Earns an "A" for Patient Safety

University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. The grade comes from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system.

 “This is a testament to our practice of maintaining constant vigilance with patient safety, allowing employees, volunteers and medical staff complete transparency in all activities to report potential issues and safety risks,” said Karen McNeil, president of UH Samaritan. “We also encourage our patients and their loved ones to take an active role in their care, fostering relationships built on trust to encourage full disclosure, which is also essential to patient safety.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

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 UH Samaritan’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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