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Mills-Peninsula Earns an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

Mills-Peninsula earned the top score of “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s new report card focused on patient safety at hospitals. This is the second time in two years that The Leapfrog Group has named Mills-Peninsula as one of the top American hospitals for safety and quality.

The scores, conveyed in a letter grade from A to F, can be viewed at hospitalsafetyscore.org. To develop the methodology and calculate the grades, a panel of patient safety experts provided guidance to The Leapfrog Group. The panel selected 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact, according to The Leapfrog Group.

“Mills-Peninsula is proud to have earned The Leapfrog Group’s highest grade for patient safety,” says Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin. “This is great news for our community and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire organization.”

“Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. Mills-Peninsula has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This hospital stands out as one consistently providing safe, high quality care,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

The 26 measures analyzed included the number of patients who develop severe pressure ulcers, have surgical objects left inside their body or develop central line-associated bloodstream infections. They also take into consideration the frequency with which the hospital employs best practices to prevent pneumonia, infections or other complications.

The safety scores also looked at “Structural Measures,” such as whether a hospital uses a computerized physician order entry system (CPOE) to prevent medication errors. Mills-Peninsula achieved the high score of “fully meets standards” for use of CPOE.

Of the 2,652 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 729 earned an “A,” 679 earned a “B,” and 1,243 earned a “C” or below. Each of the Sutter Health hospitals that received a Hospital Safety Score earned a “C” or higher. Mills-Peninsula is part of the Sutter Health network of care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

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