For The Madera Tribune
From left, Madera Community Hospital CEO Evan Rayner, Dr. Mohammed Arain and Stell Manfredi.
Madera Community Hospital has won an “A” grade in patient safety from a national hospital ranking organization.
The safety grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harmful occurrences.
Madera Community Hospital was one of 832 awarded an A, in the U.S., for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards.
“The Leapfrog A grade is evidence of the nationally ranked safety and quality of healthcare our patients deserve and receive when choosing Madera Community Hospital,” said Evan J. Rayner, Madera Community Hospital’s chief executive officer.
“While this is the first A in our health system history, it is a significant milestone and demonstrates our multi-disciplinary team’s relentless focus on safe patient centered care and nationally ranked outcomes,” Rayner said.
Developed under the guidance of a blue ribbon national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade system uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, and is fully transparent and free to the public.
“My colleagues and I take great pride in the exemplary patient safety outcomes recognized by The Leapfrog Group,” said Mohammad Arain, MD, the hospital’s chief of staff. “We strive for continual process improvement resulting in safe, efficient patient care.”
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An A safety grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Madera Community Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
“Recognition from The Leapfrog Group verifies a universal commitment to patient safety from our medical staff, employees and the Board,” said Stell Manfredi, chair of the Madera Community Hospital Board of Trustees. “Patient safety is a primary component in delivering on our commitment to provide quality, hospital-based healthcare in Madera.”
Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that compares the quality and safety of care in the nation’s hospitals on behalf of patients, insurers and other hospital care consumers.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and reports data on hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the information they need to make informed decisions.