Great Plains Health nationally recognized with an ‘A’ rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group
Thursday, November 7, 2019
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North Platte, Neb., November 7, 2019 – Great Plains Health was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction, recognizing Great Plains Health’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. The Leapfrog Group is a national leader in hospital quality performance assessment surveys.
“We are delighted to be rated as an ‘A’ hospital by the Leapfrog Group, said Barb Petersen, chief quality officer. “Patient safety is a top priority for Great Plains Health and this ‘A’ rating by one of the nation’s most trusted review organizations validates our commitment to providing the best and safest care to our patients.”
To determine hospital ratings, The Leapfrog Group graded more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals on an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ scale, assigning the grade to general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. The safety score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and the results are free to the public.
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”
“I am tremendously proud of our team and all of the work they have done to achieve this distinguished designation,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health CEO. “We are excited to share the progress we’ve made with our community. This designation demonstrates our commitment to providing a safe environment for the very best patient care.”
About Great Plains Health
Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced healthcare including heart and vascular, cancer and orthopedic surgery services. The system employs approximately 1,087 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 67,832 square miles in 38 counties.
The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is home to an American College of Surgeons accredited cancer center, primary stroke center and level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit gphealth.org.
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.