Two Mid-South hospitals receive low grades in safety - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Two Mid-South hospitals receive low grades in safety

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Two Mid-South hospitals are responding to a new safety study that gave them low scores.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which describes itself as a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system, grades hospitals on a scale ranging from A to F.

Regional Medical Center, which scored as the worst hospital for urinary tract infections, and Baptist Memorial Hospital, which scored worst in MRSA infections, both received Ds in their most recent study.

Regional Medical Center released a statement saying the data used for the grade dates back to 2013 and that it "...does not accurately reflect Regional One Health's work and commitment to patient safety."

Baptist has said the results are based on incomplete data, because Baptist did not participate in the survey since doing so requires "...an expenditure of time and resources that we believed could be better spent on patient care."

Below is the full statement released by Regional One Health, the overarching group in charge of Regional Medical Center:

"Regional One Health is committed to providing a safe health care experience to every patient. From leadership to the front line employees and medical staff, Regional One Health is actively working to improve patient safety in the organization.

We have reviewed the data used to determine hospital scores in the latest grades released by Leapfrog. As with any report card, the results must be interpreted in context. Some of the data used to create the grade dates back as far as 2013. The recently released grade does not accurately reflect Regional One Health’s work and commitment to patient safety and delivering quality health care services.

Regional One Health provides safe, quality health care to this community, but we recognize there is always room for improvement.  We will continue our work and strong commitment to providing quality and safe care to our patients."

Below is the full statement from Baptist Memorial Hospital:

"It’s important for health care consumers to know these results are based on incomplete data because we chose not to participate in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in Memphis. Participating in this survey required an expenditure of time and resources that we believed could be better spent on patient care. We also believe there are more comprehensive surveys that meet the Association of American Medical Colleges recommendations for hospital rating systems. We participate in the Premier QUEST collaborative because this system objectively evaluates hospital quality and cost data, as well as benchmarks our data against hospitals of similar size and with patients who have the same level or complexity of illness. Additionally, the nation’s largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, as well as the National Quality Forum, have recognized Premier for improving patient safety and health care quality through the QUEST collaborative."

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