LMH Health earns fourth “A” in Leapfrog Safety Grade
Lawrence, KS –LMH Health has earned an “A” for the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused exclusively on hospital safety. Its A, B, C, D or F letter grades are a quick way for consumers to choose the safest hospital to seek care. LMH Health previously earned “A” grades from Leapfrog for the Fall of 2021, Spring of 2021, and Fall 2020.
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“LMH Health is excited to receive an ’A‘ grade from The Leapfrog Group again for the spring of 2022,” said Janette Kirkpatrick, vice president of Clinical Excellence at LMH Health. “We have faced some challenging times given the pandemic, and we made it through because of our incredible team members. When the need for disease prevention and patient safety was at its peak, our team worked tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our patients and community. It is an honor to have earned the highest grade, especially considering the challenges the pandemic has created.
Kirkpatrick said LMH Health is thrilled to receive this grade--the highest ranking in care from The Leapfrog Group, noting that LMH’s employees, physicians and leaders are devoted to patient safety and strive to be patient first each day.
“Only a small number of hospitals consistently achieve ‘A’ grades, and we are thrilled to celebrate our fourth in a row,” said Dr. Michele Bennett, chair of LMH Health’s quality committee. “We know this accomplishment is the direct result of an exceptional team working across our hospital and clinics. Their commitment to safety means that LMH Health provides healthcare that’s not only exceptional for a community hospital—it’s among the best anywhere.”
This grade comes from a series of submissions in 10 different categories: Preventing and Responding to Patient Harm, Medication Safety, Healthcare Associated Infections, Maternity Care, Pediatric Care, Critical Care, Complex Adult Surgery, Care for Elective Outpatient Surgery Patients, Elective Outpatient Surgery – Adult and Elective Outpatient Surgery – Pediatric. Learn more about these ratings and how LMH Health performed specifically in each category by visiting The Leapfrog Group website here.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of LMH Health for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
“Members of our team in every part of our organization —our employees, physicians and advanced practice provider colleagues—make our quality and safety processes and outcomes a top priority,” said LMH Health President & CEO Russ Johnson. “Thank you to our extraordinary staff for their continued and constant efforts toward patient safety, and thank you to our patients for trusting LMH Health with their care.”
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers and purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care—collecting, analyzing and disseminating data to inform value-based purchasing and improved decision-making. Learn More