MUMC Earns an 'A' for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

(June 6, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) was honored with an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent organization that strives to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare.

The Hospital Safety Score was calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Hospitals across the country were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their overall safety.

"Ensuring the safety of our patients is a top priority every day. We host an annual safety fair for our Team Members, we use electronic safeguards to prevent medication errors, and we require many hours of annual training and education. Receiving an 'A' is a tribute to our hardworking team," said Maggie Gill, president and CEO of Memorial Health.

The Hospital Safety Score analyzes 26 measures to produce a single score that represents a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

To see MUMC's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The website also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of healthcare to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.