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Hospitals graded on safety, performance
LRMC not included in national report

BRUNSWICK — In the fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores report recently released by the Leapfrog Group, the Southeast Georgia Health System’s Camden Campus earned a letter grade of “A” and the Brunswick Campus earned a “B” for their efforts to protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

“Our team members and physicians continually look for opportunities to increase patient safety,” said Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. “The grades are evidence of their dedication and emphasis on providing quality care to the communities we serve.”

The Hospital Safety Score assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D or F to more than 2,500 hospitals twice a year; 69 Georgia hospitals were included in the survey, with only 24 receiving an “A.”

Grades for other nearby hospitals include: Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup, “B”; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, “A”; Candler Hospital in Savannah, “C”; and Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, “C.”

No score was reported for Liberty Regional Medical Center.

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization promoting quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system. The Hospital Safety Score first launched in June 2012.

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

Taken together, those performance measures produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

The Hospital Safety Score website, www.hospitalsafe, allows users to view a hospital’s current score alongside its previous scores over the past three years.

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