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OMC receives an "A" for patient safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety

Ozarks Medical Center Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

WEST PLAINS, Mo - The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, on November 8, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) was one of 832 (32%) hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

“OMC is continually implementing new and advanced processes and we are seeing results as is shown in receiving our second Grade A,” stated Kurt Abbey, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer, OMC. “Earning an “A” grade from Hospital Safety Grade means we are one of the safest hospitals in the United States.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

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.

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

Personifying ‘Grade A’ care are from Left to Right: J.J. Corman, RN, Director of Med/Surg Nursing and her twin sister Mandy Pender, RN, ER Clinical Supervisor.

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