Cartersville Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

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June 14, 2012

Washington, DC, June 7, 2012 – Cartersville Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“We are proud that our quality and safety efforts have been recognized and scored at the highest possible level,” said Keith Sandlin, president and CEO at Cartersville Medical Center. “Our team of physicians and healthcare professionals has developed a patients-first culture and safety is certainly one of our top priorities.”

According to Leapfrog, of the 2,652 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 729 earned an “A,” 679 earned a “B,” and 1243 earned a “C” or below. Only 17% of the hospitals in Georgia received an “A” score.

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see Cartersville Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data 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: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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 Cartersville Medical Center
Cartersville Medical Center, a facility of Redmond Regional Health System in Northwest Georgia, is a 112-bed acute care hospital accredited by the Joint Commission and recently named Accredited Chest Pain Center.  Cartersville Medical Center now offers da Vinci gynecological and urological robotic surgery and was named a Top Performing Hospital in 2011 by the Joint Commission based upon key quality measures. Acworth Medical Plaza – including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center – and The Hope Center, a regional cancer treatment facility, are healthcare entities of Cartersville Medical Center.

For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at (800) 242-5662 or visit www.cartersvillemedical.com.

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