Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade—the
most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S.—awarded Beaufort Memorial
an “A” in its spring 2017 report card. The nonprofit hospital was one of only six
medical centers of the 20 in the region to earn the top grade.
achieve an ‘A’ requires a hospital-wide
commitment to safety, involving everyone from our housekeeping and food
services staffs to the nurses, doctors and technicians on our medical team,” BMH
President and CEO Russell Baxley said. “We continue to work hard every day to
maintain our ’A’ grade and provide our patients with the highest standards of
under the guidance of an expert panel, Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30
measures of hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than
2,600 hospitals twice a year. Hospitals are graded based on how they scored in
five major categories: infections, problems with surgery, practices to prevent
errors, safety problems, and doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
the category of infections, BMH scored as well as the best hospitals in the
country in four of the five areas surveyed, including MRSA infections,
infections in the blood and urinary tract during an ICU stay and surgical-site
infections after colon surgery. It also received the top rating in five of the
seven categories involving problems with surgery.
Carolina came in at No. 17 among the 50 states, a ranking based on the number
of hospitals that earned an “A” compared with the total number of hospitals
that operate in the state. Of the 46 hospitals in South Carolina participating
in the survey, 18 received the top grade.
than 1,000 people a day are estimated to die from preventable hospital errors.
we launched Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012, our goal was to alert
consumers to the hazards involved in a hospital stay and help them choose the
safest option,” said Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder. “We also hoped to
galvanize hospitals to make safety the first priority day in and day out.”
To view individual hospital
grades and state rankings, go to www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.