NMMC-Tupelo, NMMC Gilmore-Amory Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center hospitals in Tupelo and Amory have been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
The designation recognizes NMMC-Tupelo and NMMC Gilmore-Amory’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“We are pleased to have earned an A grade for the seventh time in a row with Leapfrog, as it recognizes the safe, quality care we provide to our patients,” said Allen Tyra, administrator of the Amory hospital. “NMMC Gilmore-Amory has always been committed to providing the highest standards of care to our patients, and this grade is reflective of the hard work of our physicians and staff.”
This marks the third time the Tupelo hospital has earned an ‘A’ grade. “We are delighted to once again receive an A grade from Leapfrog,” said David Wilson, NMMC-Tupelo president. “This clearly demonstrates our team’s commitment to our mission of continuously improving the health of the people of our region. NMMC has an outstanding team of caregivers dedicated to patient safety, and this grade is a reflection of their efforts.” NMMC-Tupelo is the only Level 2 Trauma Center in Mississippi to receive an ‘A.’
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
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. acute-care 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-Tupelo and NMMC Gilmore-Amory were awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit 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.
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.
About NMMC Gilmore-Amory
North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory, located in Amory, Miss., is a 95-bed facility featuring high-tech equipment and providing the latest in diagnostic procedures. The hospital provides emergency care, intensive care, a wound care center, diagnostics, surgery, and many other inpatient and outpatient medical services, treatments and programs.