Augusta, GA - Doctors Hospital was honored with an "A" grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
"Doctors Hospital puts patient safety first, and this score shows that what we are doing is working," said Karen Smith, Chief Nursing Officer of Doctors Hospital. "Our nurses, physicians and staff work hard to provide high quality care to all our patients. We are very proud of this accomplishment."
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.
"Doctors Hospital's A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe."
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade.
To see Doctors Hospital's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.