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Once Again BHS Hospitals Earn "A" in Patient Safety
Thursday, November 14, 2013
October 30, 2013

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Once Again BHS Hospitals Earn “A” in Patient Safety

Birmingham, Ala--- When the national, nonprofit Leapfrog Group released its latest Hospital Safety Scores this week, three Baptist Health System (BHS) medical centers once again were recognized with an “A” rating.

Birmingham, Ala--- When the national, nonprofit Leapfrog Group released its latest Hospital Safety Scores this week, three Baptist Health System (BHS) medical centers once again were recognized with an “A” rating.

Princeton (Birmingham), Shelby (Alabaster) and Walker (Jasper) Baptist Medical Centers were each awarded an “A” score.  Only one non-Baptist hospital in the area received an “A” rating.

In the ratings released October 23, the Leapfrog Group assigned a Hospital Safety Score (A, B, C, D or F) to 2,539 hospitals through the U.S.  Letter scores – A, B, C, D or F – were determined by the hospitals’ performance on 28 safety measures.  Only 813 of those hospitals, including Princeton, Shelby and Walker Baptist, received an “A” score.

“Hospitals have been providing safety and quality information to the public for more than a decade,” said BHS President and CEO Shane Spees. “At BHS, we believe hospitals should be transparent with their quality and safety information and that the communities they serve should know the efforts we are making to protect our patients and improve care.”

 

The latest Leapfrog safety scores were also used to rank U.S. states based on the percentage of hospitals in each state that received an “A” grade.  With a third of its reporting hospitals rated “A,” Alabama ranked number 20 on the list. Leapfrog’s scores are based on data from several sources – the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, CDC, CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Hospital Association. 

“For hospitals, every day is dedicated to finding ways to improve safety and quality of care for our patients,” Spees added. “We want to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place. That’s truly the mission of all hospitals.”

About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. The System is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. Today it remains a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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