Indian River Medical Center Earns “A” in Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Vero Beach, FLA (April 12, 2017)—Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) earned an “A” in patient safety—the top grade in the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety study. This study rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“When patients are looking for a safe place to receive care, IRMC consistently rates high in safety within various national and state measures and indicators,” said Katherine Grichnik, MD, Chief Medical Officer at IRMC. “Receiving this grade of ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group solidifies what we know—we are doing an exemplary job of protecting patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.”

“IRMC’s ‘A’ grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.

More than 2,600 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2017. Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To see how IRMC’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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