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Ozarks Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016

Ozarks Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

West Plains, MO, October 31, 2016 – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“OMC is continually implementing new and advanced processes and we are seeing results,” stated Tom Keller, President and CEO of Ozarks Medical Center. “Earning an “A” grade from Hospital Safety Grade means we are one of the safest hospitals in the United States.”

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see OMC’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. 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.

OMC is a locally owned and operated system founded in 1959 with over 1100 employees, serving an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. The system of care includes a 114-bed acute care hospital, 8 primary care and 14 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services accredited by the Joint Commission for Healthcare. The medical staff consists of more than 100 active members with specialties including cardiology, cancer treatment, chronic care management, gynecology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatry, pulmonary rehab, psychiatry, rheumatology, surgery, sleep medicine, urology and more.

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