Providence Hospital Earned an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score; Fifth Consecutive Recognition at the Highest Level of Patient Safety

October 30, 2015 11:43 am Published by

MOBILE, Ala. – Oct. 30, 2015 – Data released nationally on Oct. 28, 2015 by an independent hospital ratings organization, The Leapfrog Group, show that Providence Hospital is one of only seven hospitals in the state of Alabama to receive an A rating because of Providence’s success in reducing errors, injuries, accidents, and infections affecting its patients.

Providence Hospital, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, earned an A in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety. Providence is the only hospital in the Mobile area to have achieved the A grade. The current award is the fifth consecutive recognition for Providence. Every six months, The Leapfrog Group gives hospitals a grade of A, B, C, D or F.

The company’s Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. 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.

“Since our founding in 1854, the mission of Providence Hospital has been to deliver safe and effective care for all persons we serve,” said Providence Hospital President Todd Kennedy. “We evaluate opportunities to improve the care we deliver, and are continuously making changes in our systems and processes to positively impact our patients’ health outcomes, improve patient and staff satisfaction, and increase efficiency,” Kennedy said.

“Providence Hospital’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of Providence clinicians and staff to protect their patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Providence and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew their commitment to safety year after year.”

Developed 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. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.

Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Providence Hospital’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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

ABOUT PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL
Providence Hospital, a ministry of Ascension Health, is a 349-bed facility that cares for more than 15,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients each year. Specialized services offered at Providence include a comprehensive cancer center, open-heart surgery, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites.

ABOUT ASCENSION
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering personalized, compassionate care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.