Winona Health awarded an “A” for patient safety

Winona Health was awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The 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 are based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections.

Compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, 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.

“Earning an A for patient safety is a goal we’re committed to for every patient, every day,” said Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health’s chief quality and safety officer. “Every staff member understands that safety is nonnegotiable, and we continuously evaluate and improve our processes to ensure the highest level of quality and safety.”

To see Winona Health’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website. Local hospital scores also are available on a free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member panel including: 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). More information is available at Leapfrog Group.

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