Cartersville Medical Center is safe, according to it's "A" Hospital Safety Score, awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
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.
"We are proud that our quality and safety efforts have been recognized and scored at the highest possible level," President and CEO Keith Sandlin said in a release. "Our team of physicians and healthcare professionals has developed a patients-first culture and safety is certainly one of our top priorities.
"We are especially honored to have received an A score two consecutive times since The Leapfrog Group began publishing The Hospital Safety Score." The latest scores were released in June of this year.
A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections and 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.
"Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community," Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in a statement. "I congratulate Cartersville Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard."
To see CMC’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 www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Hospital Makes Georgia Trend List
CMC also is No. 5 on Georgia Trend's list of the state's Top Small Hospitals included in the magazine's 2012 Top Georgia Hospitals list, published in the December issue.
Hospitals, divided into categories based on size and type, are ranked based "on publicly available information on quality of care, patient satisfaction, mortality and readmission statistics and data on hospital-acquired infections and conditions. The information is from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and available at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.
Tell us what you think in the comments, share your photos and videos, and don’t miss any of the local news you care about—subscribe to Cartersville Patch's newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.