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June 1, 2016

Rutland Regional gets an “A” for patient safety

RUTLAND–New Hospital Safety Scores, 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. health care system, were announced May 26 by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Rutland Regional was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“An ‘A’ rating represents Rutland Regional’s success in implementing evidence-based best practices for the safety and well-being of our patients,” said Tom Huebner, president and CEO. “This rating speaks to our unwavering commitment to deliver nationally recognized healthcare to our community.”

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s blue ribbon expert panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.

To see Rutland Regional’s full score and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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