Allegiance Earns an “A” for Patient Safety for Third Consecutive Year
For the third year in a row, Allegiance Health has earned a top rating of “A” on the Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that monitors hospital safety and quality. The score was calculated using publicly available data to produce a single letter grade (A, B, C, D or F). Less than one third of the hospitals in the country received an “A” rating. Leapfrog assigns these grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals nationwide based entirely on their ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections.
“This award is based on how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections and other serious conditions,” said Allegiance Chief Medical Officer Ray King, MD. “We are continually working to improve our processes and safety practices to meet the highest standards for quality and safety. It is an honor to receive national recognition for this investment of time and effort. We want to ensure Allegiance Health provides a safe, infection-free healing environment for our patients.”
Data used for scoring were obtained from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare, and the American Hospital Association Hospital Survey. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It can be accessed online at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or via a free mobile app. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is also available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
“The data tells us that more hospitals are working harder to create a safe environment, and that’s good news for patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, 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.
About Allegiance Health
Allegiance Health is a 480-bed community-owned health system in Jackson, Michigan. Allegiance complements traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all community members. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), Allegiance is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs in the community.