UMC improved in safety ratings issued this week by the Leapfrog Group, a national consortium of employers and large purchasers of healthcare.
UMC scored a “B,” with possible scores ranging from A-F.
“At UMC, our goal is to continually improve,” said Dr. Mike Ragain, UMC chief medical officer and senior vice president. “We also believe we should be transparent with our quality and safety data – efforts to improve patient outcomes, combat infections, reduce readmissions and enhance patient safety.”
This is the fourth year Leapfrog has issued their rankings. Leapfrog surveys hospital to gather information for its rankings. And like other organizations, it also culls public data available through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It combines 28 quality measures, including:
· Preventing and managing errors
· Appropriate staffing and safety focus environment
· Maternity care
· High risk surgery (ranging from aortic valve replacement to pancreatic resection)
· Measures to reduce hospital acquired conditions
· Readmission rates
· Length of stay