The Billings Outpost

Hospitals rated tops for safety

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score has honored both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of 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 free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Billings Clinic for achieving an ‘A’ and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”

In a news release, she made the same comment about St. Vincent Healthcare. St. Vincent Healthcare CEO Steve Loveless said, “Safety is one of our core values at St. Vincent Healthcare. Every day we make it a priority to deliver care that seeks to eliminate all harm for our patients and our associates.”

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.

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