LRH celebrates top safety ratings [UPDATED]Published 10:02am Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Updated 12:04pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013
March 3-9 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Lake Region Healthcare is noting two recent above average ratings in annual safety reports released by The Leapfrog Group and the Minnesota Hospital Association.
After conducting its annual safety survey called the Hospital Safety Score, The Leapfrog Group awarded letter grades for patient safety to 2,618 U.S. hospitals, giving some facilities “D” and “F” grades for the first time. Lake Region Healthcare was awarded an “A” safety score.
The Hospital Safety Score was developed to provide hospital transparency and to encourage patients to consider safety when choosing a hospital. According to its website, The Leapfrog Group’s goal with the report is “saving lives by reducing injuries, accidents and preventable medical and medication errors.”
The MHA also released its annual report documenting all of the adverse health events at each hospital in the state. Minnesota was the first state to require hospitals to report adverse health events, like wrong-site surgeries and medication errors. In 2012, Lake Region Healthcare did not have a single adverse health event.