The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Belton Regional Medical Center was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
Belton Regional Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.
Three other HCA Midwest Health hospitals in the Kansas City area received an “A” grade, including Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center, a campus of Research Medical Center.
“Earning this top grade means our physicians and employees strive consistently to provide the best care and service for every patient and their family,” says Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass. “Patients and their families choose Belton Regional Medical Center because our doctors and nurses are at the top of their professions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is one measure of performance by an independent organization and to be ranked nationally with the highest quality grade among all hospitals is truly an honor.”
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Belton Regional Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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 HCA Midwest Health hospitals’ full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.
For more information on Belton Regional Medical Center, visit http://beltonregionalmedicalcenter.com.