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University Hospital awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score April 30, 2014

For more information, contact Erica Cline
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University Hospital Excels in Patient Safety – Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

AUGUSTA, GA -- April 29, 2014 – Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored University Hospital with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. No other hospital in the CSRA received a score higher than a “C.”

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry 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.

Receiving the highest score possible on our “report card” is confirmation for University Health Care System President/CEO Jim Davis that University is clearly top of the class in safety.

“When patients come to University, they receive safe, state-of-the-art care that excels in quality from all perspectives time and time again,” Mr. Davis said. “To believe that all hospitals are the same regarding quality and safety is misguided. We encourage patients to be informed health care consumers. University is known for its highly trained physicians and staff and for having processes in place to deliver great care. That’s the recipe for success.”

“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, President/CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of University Hospital for achieving an ‘A’ and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”

Calculated 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” 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 spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To see how University Hospital’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About University Health Care System
University Health Care System is anchored by the 581-bed acute care community non-profit University Hospital, governed by the Board of Trustees of University Health Services. University has expanded since its founding in 1818 to include the Heart & Vascular Institute and medical office buildings that house more than 600 physicians and state-of-the-art treatment centers. University serves the region through outpatient campuses in South Richmond County, Martinez, Evans, Grovetown and Aiken County. University Hospital McDuffie in Thomson, Ga., provides an inpatient option for many patients closer to home. We serve the continuum of care from delivering more babies than all other area hospitals combined, to providing for our citizens’ twilight years with Kentwood and Westwood extended care facilities, Brandon Wilde Life Care Community, home health and hospice. University has received 15 five-star ratings from Healthgrades.com for excellent patient care outcomes, and was named among the 100 Best Hospitals in the United States for orthopedic, joint replacement and spine surgery. University has also received the National Research Corporation’s Consumers Choice Award for overall quality and image for 15 consecutive years.

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