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Good Samaritan Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Good Samaritan was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

“Our main focus is to provide safe patient care to our community,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “To be recognized for the dedication our employees exhibit every day is a true accomplishment and the recognition illustrates the high standard of care we deliver.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“Our evidence based practice and patient safety outcomes are above average in numerous categories,” stated Michael Smith, Director of Patient Safety, Risk and Performance Excellence. “Infection prevention, nursing personnel and all the staff throughout Good Samaritan constantly work to develop new protocols and provide education so that we can ensure we are providing the safest patient care possible.”

To see Good Samaritan’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.