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LMH Receives Top Rating in National Survey for Patient Safety

LMH Receives Top Rating in National Survey for Patient Safety Licking Memorial Hospital has earned a fourth consecutive “A” rating by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group that compares hospitals’ safety performance.  Hospitals in the U.S. are graded by a Hospital Safety Score of A, B, C, D or F, based on 30 evidence-based measures of publicly available hospital safety data, such as: infection prevention activities, serious patient falls, and the percentage of patients who developed blood clots.  Approximately 2,500 general hospitals are issued a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade twice per year.  Scores are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  One of 45 Ohio hospitals to receive an “A,” earning this grade shows LMH has exhibited excellence in the national database of patient safety measures and ranks among the safest hospitals in the United States.
Licking Memorial Health Systems President & CEO Rob Montagnese attributes the consistent high rating to a long-term team effort.  “Our physicians, senior management, Board Members and staff are committed to implementing new ways to protect our patients,” he said.  “Patient safety is an accumulative achievement that is built over time – an excellent program cannot be established overnight.  For example, we continually invest in new technology that enables our staff to provide safer, less invasive and quicker procedures, and our cleaning and safety procedures are carefully evaluated regularly.  By making patient safety a top priority and having these kinds of proactive measures in place, LMH has achieved an excellent patient safety record, and it is gratifying that The Leapfrog Group has taken notice.”