OPINION

Mary Greeley receives top honors in patient care

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Mary Greeley Medical Center has once again received an “A” grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group and been named a “Top Performer” by The Joint Commission.

“Receiving recognition from these two organizations again shows that we truly are doing what’s right for our patients every day,” said Brian Dieter, president and CEO of Mary Greeley.

Leapfrog has issued its Hospital Safety Score report twice a year since 2012. Mary Greeley Medical Center has received ‘A’ grades in all six reports.

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of leading experts on patient safety and is the only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety.

The Hospital Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. Leapfrog’s process 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.

The Joint Commission named Mary Greeley a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. Mary Greeley also was named a 2012 Top Performer. The designation recognizes exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve patient care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Selection for Top Performer distinction was based on data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2013 calendar year.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission recognized 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. as Top Performers.