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Garden Park Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

November 28, 2012

Garden Park Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety  by Hospital Safety Score

Garden Park Medical Center (GPMC) was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.  The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Brenda Waltz, CEO of Garden Park, comments on being recognized twice in one year, “We strive to provide outstanding medical care and to be recognized again this year for our quality outcomes is evidence that the systems and resources that we have implemented are accommodating the needs of our patients and the community”. GPMC also received an A rating in June, 2012, during the first release of scores reported by The Leapfrog Group.

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Garden Park Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Garden Park’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is 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.

Garden Park Medical Center is a 130-bed acute care facility located at the intersection of I-10 and Hwy. 49 in Gulfport.  The hospital provides an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient services including 24-hour emergency room services.  The hospital is an affiliate of HCA Inc., the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services with 170 hospitals and 113 outpatient centers in 20 states, England and Switzerland, and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

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