TMC gets “A” for patient safety

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 01:55 PM

Thomasville Medical Center, a Novant Health facility, received an “A” for its Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. 
The score was awarded in the latest update to the organization’s Hospital Safety Score list, which issues grades A-F to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and is designed to provide information the public can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Providing care that is of the highest quality and safety is fundamental to our mission,” said Kathie Johnson, president and CEO of TMC. “This recognition validates the work of our physicians and staff and their commitment to our patients.” 
To produce a single score representing a hospital’s performance, the Leapfrog Group’s rating system uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, including data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey.
“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Thomasville Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care in the U.S.
For more information about Thomasville Medical Center, log on to www.ThomasvilleMedicalCenter.org.