Memorial Hospital receives an "A” for patient safety in
2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
(June 1, 2017 – Slidell, LA) – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving
quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, has released
new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter
grades to hospitals nationwide. Slidell Memorial Hospital was one of
823 hospitals to receive an "A” for its
commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.
"It isn’t enough to do ‘good
enough’ when it comes to patient safety and other key quality measures. That’s
why this designation matters – because it demonstrates our patients are getting
the safe, advanced and dedicated care we promise them we’ll deliver,” said SMH
Chief Executive Officer Bill Davis. "It demonstrates the commitment our SMH
team members have made to constantly work toward excellence in 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 SMH’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.
The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other
Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit
organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and
safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital
performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving
consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade,
Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on
their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their
families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Slidell Memorial Hospital
is a full-service 229-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located
at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a
primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; and, Pearl
River County, Miss. For more information, visit http://www.slidellmemorial.org/ .
The hospital’s main phone number is (985) 280-2200.