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Wesley Healthcare Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Grade Survey

Wesley Medical Center December 08, 2016

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER have been once again been recognized for their dedication to patient safety with being awarded an “A” grade – the highest available – in the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. They were the only two hospitals in Wichita to receive “A” grades.

“Our scores speak directly to the initiatives we have championed to improve our patient care and safety processes,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley Healthcare president and CEO.  “Exceptional outcomes based on best practices are our goal, and we are proud that those efforts have again been recognized on a national level.”

The Hospital Safety Score is one of the gold standard ratings for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. 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.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score. This score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,600 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the Fall 2016 survey, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade.

To see Wesley’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912.  As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region.  Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER.  Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com

About 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 lifesaving information.

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