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Shawnee Mission Medical Center Awarded Eighth Consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group



Merriam, Kan.– Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Grade honored Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. This is the eighth consecutive “A” for SMMC.
 
The Hospital Safety Grade is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
 
“We are honored to have again received an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group,” said Administrative Director of Quality and Safety Lori K. Cue. “To have earned this highest grade eight ratings in a row is a testament to our commitment to patient safety and our efforts to consistently provide the highest quality care for our patients.”
 
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a composite score made up of 30 different, nationally-reported patient safety measures that indicate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Grade assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grades to U.S. hospitals. Of the more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals evaluated, 823 earned an “A” in Spring 2017.
 
To see how SMMC’s score compares locally and nationally, access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, or to download the Hospital Safety Grade app, visit the Hospital Safety Grade website at HospitalSafetyGrade.org. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Grade website allows users to view a hospital’s current score alongside its previous scores over the past four years.

About Shawnee Mission Health
Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) in Merriam, Kan., a 504-bed facility with more than 22,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually; SMH – Prairie Star; SMH – Overland Park and Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care and physician practices located throughout Johnson and Leavenworth Counties. SMMC is the only Kansas City area hospital to earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. SMH employs more than 3,200 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of nearly 700 physicians. SMH is part of Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not-for-profit, Protestant health care organization in the nation. Visit us online at ShawneeMission.org.
 
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 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.