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More Memphis Hospitals Earn Top Scores on Hospital Safety Grade

In this round of The Hospital Safety Grade, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an “A” and “B” increased from 20% to 46%. 

In the greater Memphis area, 11 hospitals were graded, and two (2) earned an “A,” three (3) earned a “B,” five (5) earned a “C,” and one (1) earned a “D”. No Memphis hospitals earned an “F.” Methodist Olive Branch Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett both received an “A”. Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital - Memphis each received a “B”.

For detailed results on all Memphis hospitals click here.

"Memphis is now much closer to the national benchmark of 56% of the hospitals receiving an “A” or a “B”. However, our market still has work ahead of us to reach benchmark and, as we would all want and Memphians deserve, surpass it and become a national leader in safety.  Safety is not a one-and-done; it results from a culture that insists on safety every day for every patient. MBGH looks forward to seeing these improved grades sustained over time. We will then be confident that the improvements are foundational and long lasting. On behalf of Memphis employers, purchasers, and patients, we are committed to working together to make Memphis the safest community in America,” said Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health, the Regional Leader for The Leapfrog Group for the Memphis-area.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers, announced today the fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The independent grading system assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

In the wake of the high stakes mid-term election, neither party can claim victory in addressing preventable errors and infection in hospitals. The fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show that 33 percent of hospitals in traditionally blue states and 32 percent of hospitals in traditionally red states earned “A’s.” As recently as September 2018, The Leapfrog Group testified at a hearing of the United States’ Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, chaired by Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander, offering guidance for a bipartisan approach to improving transparency of patient safety data and making progress on safety.

“The Hospital Safety Grades give the American public information they need and deserve about the safety of their hospitals. Avoidable medical errors and infections in hospitals are still the third leading cause of death in the nation, and that’s not a partisan issue,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We commend Memphis Business Group on Health for making this a priority.”

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 the 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.

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual grades and state rankings please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Facebook and Twitter. Journalists interested in scheduling interviews should email Leapfrogpr@jpa.com.

About Memphis Business Group on Health

Since 1985, Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) has brought employers, with approximately 375,000 covered lives in Tennessee, together to share solutions, make connections, and provide tools to manage the cost and quality of their health benefits in an ever-changing environment. MBGH accomplishes this by providing access to critical market data, facilitating best practice sharing among the areas leading employers, and offering practical tools for successfully managing health benefits and creating cultures of health in the workplace. MBGH has been a Regional Leader for The Leapfrog Group since 2002.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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