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Labette Health Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Labette Health was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Labette Health’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“We are working to continuously improve quality and safety for our patients and we are proud that our efforts have achieved such outstanding results for the communities we serve,” said Kathi McKinney, VP/Chief Nursing Officer at Labette Health. “Labette Health is the only hospital in southeast Kansas to earn this ranking and we are honored by the patients who give us the privilege and trust to care for them”.

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Labette Health that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Labette Health was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Labette Health’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.