Lee’s Summit Medical Center Only Hospital in Kansas City Metropolitan Area Awarded “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

November 29, 2012

Lee’s Summit Medical Center Only Hospital in Kansas City Metropolitan Area Awarded “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Lee’s Summit Medical Center announced today that it was honored with an “A” on Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The “A” score was awarded to Lee’s Summit Medical Center in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned 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 give the public information they can use when selecting a hospital for emergency services or other health care.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—is the only hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area to receive the highest safety rating in the latest data released Nov. 28 by The LeapFrog Group.

“Lee’s Summit Medical Center is proud to be a leader in healthcare quality according to many organizations who honor hospitals," says Jackie DeSouza, president and chief executive officer, Lee’s Summit Medical Center. "Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score is a valuable measure of performance and is one tool patients can use when choosing a hospital. We are very proud of the physicians, nurses and support staff at Lee’s Summit Medical Center who work hard to outperform our peers and achieve the highest patient safety scores. To be the only hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area to do so is an incredible honor."

“Hospitals like this that earn an “A” have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” says Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Lee’s Summit Medical Center for its safety excellence.”

To see Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

The Leapfrog safety rating is the latest national recognition of excellence for Lee’s Summit Medical Center. In September 2012 Lee’s Summit Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations. This is the second year consecutive year that Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized as a Top Performer and is one of only four hospitals in Missouri that achieved that distinction. Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievements on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

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