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Providence St. Patrick Hospital receives an “A” for patient safety in spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

April 13, 2017

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Missoula, Montana—The Leapfrog Group yesterday released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades that assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Providence St. Patrick Hospital was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients and has received this designation for the second consecutive reporting period.

Only one other hospital in Montana received the same top marks. For the list of Montana hospitals and the results, please go to the Leapfrog site here.

 “At Providence St. Patrick Hospital, quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction are part of our everyday work,” said Joyce Dombrouski, Chief Executive of Providence Western Montana. “We have implemented many safeguards over the years to ensure that the care we give is consistent, reliable, evidence-based and compassionate. It takes strong commitment from everyone in the hospital.”

For example, St. Patrick Hospital providers use computerized order entry to prevent errors, and clinical leaders meet daily to discuss how to improve and provide even safer patient care. St. Pat’s nurses are empowered to make meaningful and safe decisions at the bedside. Vigorous efforts toward infection prevention have pushed their infection rates to the lowest in the county.

leapfroglogofbThe 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. The grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“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.”

To see Providence St. Patrick’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Providence St. Patrick Hospital’s primary service area includes about 200,000 people in Western Montana. Because of its outstanding specialty care services, over 50 percent of patients come from 17 surrounding counties outside Missoula County. The hospital offers a nationally acclaimed heart program, a full spectrum of woman’s and children’s services, neurology and neurosurgical, cancer, and mental health services. It is also the only Level II Trauma Center in the region, and has accredited chest pain and stroke programs.

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.