Community Hospital awarded ‘A’ for patient safety
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula was honored for the second time this year with an “A” — the top grade — in the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of 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 score is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“This rating reflects our focus on patient safety, which is always our first priority,” says Dr. Steven Packer, President/CEO, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
The score uses 28 measures of hospital safety data to produce a single letter grade — “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” — representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. Measures considered include infection rates, protocols to prevent medication errors, and nurse staffing and education. More than 2,500 hospitals in the U.S. were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score’s web site offers an analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, praised the hospitals that received an “A” grade for helping “to raise the standards of healthcare nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”
To see how Community Hospital’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score web site at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/