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Do You Know Your Hospital's Safety Grade?

Do You Know Your Hospital's Safety Grade? 

Unfortunately, In the spring 2022 round of The Hospital Safety Grade, metro-Memphis hospitals fell behind the national averages for hospitals with an “A” (30%) compared the national average (33%), and the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an "A" and "B" (40%) compared to the national average (57%).

In the greater Memphis area, 10 hospitals were graded, and three earned an “A,”  one earned a “B,”  five earned a “C” and one (1) earned a “D”. No Memphis hospitals earned an “F.”

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, Methodist South, and Methodist Olive Branch received an “A”. Methodist North received a “B”. Note: specialty hospitals, including pediatric and women’s hospitals, are not graded by The Leapfrog Group and in this round, Methodist University Hospital was not graded.

Five measures of patient experience that have a direct tie to patient safety are Included in the over 30 measures of patient safety used to calculate the Hospital Safety Grade. In the greater-Memphis area nine out of the ten hospitals received "below average" ratings on all of these patient experience measuresindicating they were among the worst performing nationally. Only Methodist Olive Branch received any above average (2 measures) and average (1 measure) ratings out of the five patient experience measures.

Leapfrog's report on  Patient Experience During the Pandemic: Adult Inpatient Care provides insight into  how patient experience has declined between the pre-pandemic and mid-pandemic timeframe.

Recent studies have shown that the pandemic has reversed years of progress on patient safety efforts. The updated data included in the Safety Grade, some of which reflects a pandemic-era timeframe, heighten these findings and demonstrate how patient care worsened due to strains on the health care system and workforce.

For detailed results on all Memphis hospitals click here.

Click here to access safety grades for nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 6:25 PM

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