Western Plains Medical Complex Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 12, 2018

Western Plains Medical Complex Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Western Plains Medical Complex was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Western Plain’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

 

“With your help, we have implemented these leading practices and made them our norm, which has significantly enhanced our ability to deliver quality care and ensure the safety of all who enter our facility,” said Scott Smith, CEO of Western Plains.

 

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Western Plains Medical Complex that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

 

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

 

Western Plains Medical Complex was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Western Plains’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

Western Plains Medical Complex is a Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited 99 bed hospital, providing Southwest Kansans with health services that include Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, a Cardiac Cath Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation.  They have imaging and diagnostic radiology services including a 64-slice CT, GE Lunar Bone Densitometer, Ultrasound, Mammography, MRI, and Nuclear Medicine, 24-hr. Emergency Care, a state of the art Intensive Care Unit, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Level II Nursery, Nutrition Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Pain Management, Respiratory Therapy, a Sleep Disorders Center, Social Services, Women’s Services and ongoing community education.  For more information about Western Plains Medical Complex visit their website at www.westernplainsmc.com or find Western Plains Medical Complex on Facebook.