Marin General Hospital Repeats “A” Performance for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Marin General Hospital (MGH) has received another “A” grade for its Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Scores (measured by A, B, C, D or F) are free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Safety must always be our highest priority,” says Joel Sklar, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Marin General Hospital. “We are always working to make MGH safer and it’s gratifying to be recognized for our efforts.”

“Patient safety needs to be a 24/7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce each individual grade, the Hospital Safety Score is designed to represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see Marin General’s scores as they compare nationally and locally and find tips for patients and families on how to protect themselves, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website. There’s also a free downloadable mobile app available.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score ( www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group ( www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Marin General Hospital

For more information or a physician referral, please visit www.maringeneral.org or call the Main General Health Line at 1-888-996-96441-888-996-9644 (1-888-99-My-MGH).

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