Sky Lakes awarded for patient safety

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Sky Lakes Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes efforts by Sky Lakes to protect patients from harm and providing safer health care.

Sky Lakes had also received an ‘A’ from the Leapfrog Group’s fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades A through F to hospitals based on their performance in keeping patients safe by preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

“Receiving recognition for superior performance in patient safety from a well-respected organization such as The Leapfrog Group is independent validation of Sky Lakes Medical Center’s long-standing commitment to excellence,” said Sky Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Stewart.

“This achievement also recognizes our proactive efforts to ensure consistently high-quality care, provided with skill and respect,” Stewart added.

To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to keep patients safe.”

“We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A,” she said.

Developed under the guidance of a panel of nationally recognized experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

Press release provided from Sky Lakes Medical Center.