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Methodist Olive Branch among best for patient safety

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital is ranked among the safest hospitals for patients in the Mid-South, according to an annual grading of hospitals. 

The rankings come from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers and purchasers, using their “collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care.” 

According to its website information, The Leapfrog Group is the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care—collecting, analyzing and disseminating data to inform value-based purchasing and improved decision-making.

Methodist-Olive Branch received an “A” grade after compiling information to address areas of patient-centered care, preventing and responding to patient harm, critical care, healthcare associated infections, maternity care, medication safety, and pediatric care. 

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide is meant to bring safety and quality information available in an easy-to-read format.  

Methodist Olive Branch is part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system and officials there said MLH had four hospitals receive “A” grades and one received a “B”. Leapfrog does not provide report cards for children’s hospitals.

By contrast, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven was given a “C” grade in the same study, which you can read in detail on the Leapfrog Group website