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Mary Rutan Hospital recognized for safety

Mary Rutan Hospital was recently honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The “A" rating in hospital safety goes only to those select few U.S. hospitals that earn a national distinction for excellence in patient safety.

“We are very proud to be recognized as the only hospital in our six-county area to receive an “A” rating,” said Mandy Goble, CEO of Mary Rutan Hospital. This is a true testament that bigger does not always mean better. Our hospital went head to head with many of the larger hospitals in our region and we were the only one to receive the “A” rating.”

“A” through “F” scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“This award is a direct result of the many initiatives that are in place and followed at our hospital as well as the ongoing dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff who strive each day to make our hospital a leader in quality care,” says Goble.

“Hospitals like Mary Rutan that earn an “A” have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Mary Rutan Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

To see Mary Rutan Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at the site listed above.

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