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