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Quality & Safety > Awards & Recognitions > LMH Receives Top Rating in National Survey for Patient Safety
LMH Receives Top Rating in National Survey for Patient Safety

LMH Receives Top Rating in National Survey for Patient Safety Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) received an eighth consecutive “A” grade in the Leapfrog Group’s 2020 Hospital Safety Grade report.  The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit that compares hospitals’ safety performance, assesses more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide on patient safety practices.  Earning an “A” grade recognizes LMH as one of the safest hospitals in the United States.  Assigned twice per year, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S.  Up to 28 performance measures that have been developed and calculated by top patient safety experts are used to assign grades to acute-care hospitals.  Using publicly available data in areas such as infection prevention activities and serious patient falls, the performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe.  An “A” grade shows LMH exhibits excellence in the national database of patient safety measures and outcomes.

Among other measures, LMH received high ratings in the staff member’s ability to work together to prevent errors and respond to patients’ needs.  “The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade reflects our commitment to providing safe and quality healthcare to the residents of Licking County,” Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) President & CEO Rob Montagnese said.  “Patient safety is a cooperative effort.  Our staff, physicians, management, and Board members work together to develop and implement safety standards and practices that have contributed to our continued success.”  LMH is among 867 hospitals nationwide and 43 Ohio hospitals to receive an “A” grade.  The Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades are peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
 
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.  For more information about the Hospital Safety Score, please log on to www.HospitalSafetyScore.org.