London, Ky. (November 11, 2013)— Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, received an “A” in the recently released Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group.
The Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score assigned A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, with a fully transparent methodology analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety.
Leapfrog, an independent, national nonprofit organization that administers the Score, is an advocate for patient safety nationwide.
The Hospital Safety Score empowers patients to make informed decisions about the safety of hospital care and is one piece of information you should use when planning a hospital stay.
“We have a very dedicated team of professionals caring for their friends and neighbors at Saint Joseph London,” said Greg Gerard, president, Saint Joseph London. “Providing quality, safe care is our top priority. We are pleased to receive the highest rating available for our ongoing safety efforts.”
The safety measurements the Hospital Safety Score considers represent the very basic blocks of medical care, such as hand-washing, computerized medication control and nurse staffing levels.
In the most recent data, Leapfrog added two new measures to the latest Hospital Safety Score release, including Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) and Surgical Site Infections: Colon (SSI: Colon). CAUTI and SSI: Colon are among the 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data used to produce a single grade representing a hospital’s overall safety rating.
The Hospital Safety Score is a public service available at no cost online or on the free mobile app at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is also available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.