NMMC-West Point Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score
WEST POINT, Miss.--New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were recently announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“We are extremely honored that our NMMC-West Point team of caregivers has achieved this highest grade for patient safety,” said Barry Keel, administrator of NMMC-West Point. “This top score represents our commitment to our patients, their families and our community to ensure patient safety and quality care are our top priority.”
“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see NMMC-West Point’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The 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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.
About North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point
NMMC-West Point is a full-service, 60-bed medical facility. This private, not-for-profit hospital opened its doors in 1985 and continues to grow. NMMC-West Point enjoys tremendous support from our community, dedicated physicians and staff, and an affiliation with one of the nation's leading health care organizations. NMMC-West Point is affiliated with North Mississippi Health Services, a 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient