Hospitals graded for patient safety

Leapfrog grades hospitals across the country for steps they take to prevent medical errors.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 12:09 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit health care rating system, gave Parkview Regional Medical Center an "A" for hospital safety.

Lutheran Hospital, St. Joe Hospital and Dupont Hospital all received a "D."

Leapfrog grades hospitals across the country for steps they take to prevent medical errors.

It was developed with a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel and uses 27 metrics of public hospital data, including infection rates and preventative measures.

Parkview Regional Medical Center is one of 832 hospitals nationwide to receive an "A."

"Our focus is on each and every individual patient experience, caring for them and their loved ones. We put a high premium on having the best providers really on the patient experience," said Ben Miles, president of Parkview Regional Medical Center and affilates.

Parkview's grade includes Parkview Hospital Randallia because of how it's licensed.

Five hospitals in the Lutheran Health Network were graded by Leapfrog.

Bluffton Regional Medical Center scored a "B" and Kosciusko Community Hospital scored a "C."

Lutheran Health Network spokesman Geoff Thomas told WFFT LHN hospitals in Fort Wayne didn't submit information to Leapfrog, which hurt it's score.

"Lutheran Health Network places patient safety and quality care above all else. Leapfrog is one of multiple organizations reanalyzing data that is already publicly reported elsewhere. This can result in vastly different ratings from different sources. In March, Dupont
Hospital was named by Truven Health Analytics / IBM Watson Health one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the country. Our network hospitals continue to take every opportunity to further enhance care. We accomplish this by tracking quality data, daily attention to process improvement, and collaboration between our employees and medical staffs," Thomas said in a statement.

Last week, IU Health announced plans to build outpatient facilities in Fort Wayne.

IU Health's central Indiana hospitals scored either "B" or "C" with Leapfrog.

Right now, there aren't any plans for a hospital in the Summit City.

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