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Madera hospital earns ‘B’ for safety, quality

April 15, 2017

A hospital survey group has awarded Madera Community Hospital a “B” for safety, quality and use of its resources.


The Leapfrog Group’s voluntary hospital inquiry collects information and reports on hospital performance.


According to The Leapfrog Group, “Hospitals that implement these quality, safety, and/or efficiency practices have reported that their internal processes of care include safeguards that may decrease a patient’s probability of receiving poor quality and/or inefficient care.”


Madera Community Hospital physicians and staff are focused on continual improvement. “Maintaining our ‘B’, from the fall 2016 reporting period, confirms our pursuit of excellence; and we are well on our way to an ‘A’,” said Jane Winning, registered nurse and chief nursing officer.
Madera Community Hospital only needed 0.0266 additional points to earn Leapfrog’s highest hospital safety grade, A.


“Madera Community Hospital (MCH) has improved our Leapfrog Group scores by 4 grades in the past two and a half years,” said, Evan J. Rayner, chief executive officer. “We know patients receive outstanding care at MCH and the consistent superior Leapfrog survey results demonstrates our passion for patient safety, nationally recognized outcomes and service excellence.”


“This is outstanding but not surprising news,” said Dr. Mohammad Arain, chief of medical staff at Madera Community Hospital. “Many members of our community have a misguided understanding about the quality of care provided by our physicians, nurses and technologists. The Leapfrog Grade will change perception and confidence in our local hospital.”


The Leapfrog Group survey is voluntary. All hospitals participating in Medicare and Medi-Cal are required to report clinical quality measures, including safety, as well as patient satisfaction. These outcomes are publically reported on www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.


Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers of medical services, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization.


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. For information, go to www.leapfroggroup.org.


Madera Community Hospital, a 106-bed general acute care facility, was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to providing emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents.


Today, Madera Community Hospital provides integrated care through access to primary medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera and 22 medical specialties.
In 2016, the hospital celebrated the delivery of more than 1,000 babies and provided more than 2,600 emergency and elective surgeries.


Madera Community Hospital continues to receive numerous awards for orthopedic surgery and is nationally recognized for patient satisfaction and low hospital-acquired infection rates. For information, visit www.MaderaHospital.org.

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