Published on November 08, 2018

NMMC Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

TUPELO, Miss.— North Mississippi Medical Center was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes NMMC’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“Earning an “A” Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to the dedication of our staff to ensure the highest quality of health care possible,” said David Wilson, NMMC president. “This honor belongs to every one of our team members. Our approach to patient care is about connecting with every patient, every time, and making a difference in every life we touch.”

“Safety in health care is no accident. It takes commitment on the part of every individual member of the health care team, from the front door to the physician, to make it happen. Every medical staff member, employee or volunteer at NMMC should take pride in this recognition,” said C.K. White, M.D., North Mississippi Health Services chief medical officer. “As one of only two Level 2 hospitals in the state to reach the ‘A’ status, it truly validates that we are on the right pathway to achieving our mission of continuously improving the health of the people that we serve.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like NMMC that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

NMMC was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see NMMC’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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. 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.

About North Mississippi Medical Center

North Mississippi Medical Center, a 650-bed regional referral center in Tupelo, holds the distinction of being the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in Mississippi and the largest non-metropolitan hospital in America. The medical center serves more than 730,000 people in 24 counties in north Mississippi, northwest Alabama and portions of Tennessee. NMMC-Tupelo is affiliated with North Mississippi Health Services, a 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.

Area residents have access to a medical staff representing close to 50 medical specialties, as well as centers of excellence in cardiac surgery, cardiology, research, neurology, neurosurgery, pulmonology, rehabilitation, cancer treatment, chemical dependency and neonatal programs. In addition, NMMC Home Health serves patients in 17 counties in north Mississippi and offers many complex and high-tech procedures that can be performed in the home setting. NMMC-Tupelo is designated as a Level II trauma center by the Mississippi State Department of Health. NMMC-Tupelo is one of only three hospitals in Mississippi to have this trauma designation, and the only one in north Mississippi.

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