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Bozeman Deaconess Again Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group

October 29, 2013

Bozeman Deaconess Health Services was honored for the second year in a row with an“A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM  by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Bozeman Deaconess Health Services was one of only three hospitals in Montana to earn this highest grade.

The Hospital Safety ScoreSM  was calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Participating hospitals earn an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety, thus providing patients with information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital.

“This score is a direct reflection of the work everyone in our organization has done to promote patient safety,” said Kevin Pitzer, President and CEO of Bozeman Deaconess Health Services. “It clearly demonstrates to our community that safety is our Number One priority, and is another indication that we strive to offer superior health care to our community members.”

To see Bozeman Deaconess’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

The Hospital Safety ScoreSM uses 28 measures of hospital safety data split between Process Measures and Outcome Measures, including two new measures, Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) and Surgical Site Infections for Major Colon Surgery. These are combined to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes patient and hospital safety experts from Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities.
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