Shawnee Mission Medical Center Awarded 10th Consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group
For the 10th consecutive time, Shawnee Mission Medical Center was
awarded the elite designation of “A” for its commitment to keeping patients
safe by The Leapfrog
Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization. The
Leapfrog Group released new Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grades assigning letter grades of A, B,
C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performances in preventing
medical errors, infections, and other harms.
“Our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our
patients is demonstrated through this 10th consecutive ‘A’ grade from The
Leapfrog Group,” said Lori K. Cue, administrative
director of quality and safety. “This
award is a testament to the guidelines we implement to provide care in a safe
and efficient manner for our patients every day.”
under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses
27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and
F grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer
reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.
is one of only 49 “Straight A” hospitals in the United States to be awarded an
‘A’ every grading cycle since 2012, and one of only 750 hospitals to earn an
‘A’ this ratings cycle.
see SMMC’s full grade and to access patient tips for staying safe in the
hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.
Shawnee Mission Health
Mission Health includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center 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. SMH is the only certified member
of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, in
Kansas City. SMH employs more than 3,200 local residents and supports an
exceptional staff of nearly 700 physicians. SMH is part of Adventist Health
System, the largest not-for-profit, Protestant
health care organization in the nation. Visit us online at ShawneeMission.org.
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 Leapfrog 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.