Wesley Medical Center November 08, 2018

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER once again have been recognized for their dedication to patient safety by earning an “A” grade – the highest available – in the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Wesley Healthcare hospitals were the only two in Wichita to receive “A” grades and two of only 855 hospitals nationwide awarded an “A” for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“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.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F grade to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. This score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

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 Healthcare 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 5,800 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, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER and Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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.