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Methodist Olive Branch Hospital rates an “A”

A new survey of hospitals in the country gives Methodist-Olive Branch Hospital an “A” rating in patient safety. The same survey, from the Leapfrog Group, gave Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven a “C” grade. 

It was a big win for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) because all of the area’s MLH adult hospitals were given “A” grades in the survey, a first time for that to happen. Children’s hospitals are not included in the survey.  

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

 “Earning all “A” grades reaffirms our unwavering commitment to provide our patients with the safest and highest quality care,” said MLH President and CEO Michael Ugwueke in a news release. “Pandemic or not, our patients deserve and expect our very best, and we work to exceed their expectations every day.”

The hospitals in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey must meet specific criteria for safe surgery practices, infection prevention, maternity care and medical accuracy.

The single letter grade represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe while providing high quality care. The methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. 

The complete results for Methodist Olive Branch and Baptist-DeSoto are found on the Leapfrog website.  

Bob Bakken

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