NEW ALBANY, MS – May 17, 2019 – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County has been awarded an ‘A’ patient safety rating in the spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score. Leapfrog is a national patient safety watchdog group.
The safety score is calculated based on several core measures, including safe practice measures, surgical care improvement measures and patient safety indicators. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score® assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“To be recognized nationally as a 2019 Leapfrog ‘A’ rated hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this ‘A.”
2019 Leapfrog award recognizes excellent patient care
The hospital has been consistently recognized by Leapfrog with an ‘A’ patient safety rating—furthering its reputation as the area’s premier health care provider, according to Baptist Union County CEO and administrator Walter Grace.
Earlier in 2019, Baptist Union County became the first hospital in Mississippi to earn five stars from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, known as CMS, based on the hospital’s quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction scores. Baptist Union County also earned recognition from The Chartis Center for Rural Health as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the country.
Other accolades include being named by Health grades as a winner of the Outstanding Patient Experience Award and Patient Safety Excellence Award.
Baptist Union County offers a variety of health care services, including adult and pediatric inpatient services, maternity, surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department. Diagnostic services include imaging, lab and respiratory services. The hospital also feature 3D mammography, telehealth services and an eICU.
For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit unioncounty.baptistonline.org.