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Sterling hospital earns ‘A’ grade

STERLING – CGH Medical Center earned an “A” in a Leapfrog Group, national ratings program, recognizing its commitment to patient safety.

A Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s patient safety experts, and administered by Leap Group, a national, independent nonprofit organization.

The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

The HSS uses 28 measures of publicly-available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The score is fully transparent, and offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used to determine grades on the website. Patients also can review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site hospitalsafetyscore.org – allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

Consumer-friendly tips for patients also are available at the website.

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