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

CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA, June 6, 2013 Cartersville Medical Center has again been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“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. We are especially honored to have received an “A” score three consecutive times since The Leapfrog Group began publishing The Hospital Safety Score.” The last scores were released in November of last year.

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Cartersville Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

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

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).