TUPELO • Six Northeast Mississippi hospitals made the honor roll in the latest round of hospital safety grades from Leapfrog Group.
Earning A grades from the national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety are Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany, Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory and North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo.
It is the seventh consecutive A that Gilmore has earned from Leapfrog.
“It has to be ingrained in the culture of the organization to achieve those kind of results,” said NMMC-Gilmore administrator Allen Tyra, who has led the hospital through three changes in ownership. “It validates that even at our darkest point, we still were able to go out and do what we’re charged with: taking care of patients.”
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County has worked to connect leaders, physicians and front line staff to its quality and safety improvement efforts, said hospital quality officer Janet Flake. It’s part of what helped the hospital earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Hospital Compare.
“Our organization has definitely proven we do embrace high quality, excellent service and excellent care,” said Baptist-Union County chief nursing officer Randy White.
Because hospitals across the country are focused on quality and safety improvements, hospitals can’t stand still and receive the same grade year after year, said NMMC-Tupelo President David Wilson.
“It’s all about our caregivers,” Wilson said. “They do the work everyday.”
Earning B grades were Baptist-North Mississippi in Oxford, Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth and OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
The Leapfrog group releases safety grades for hospitals around the county twice a year. The grades are based on 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. The measures cover performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other patient harm indicators.
Out of 35 hospitals in Mississippi with enough data to be graded, nine received As, 11 received Bs, nine received Cs and five received Ds. No Northeast Mississippi hospitals scored lower than a B. Among the Baptist Memorial Hospitals outside the 16-county region, Baptist-Golden Triangle in Columbus earned an A, Mississippi Baptist in Jackson earned a B and Baptist-Desoto earned a C. Nationally, more than 2,600 hospitals received patient safety grades.
Developed with an expert panel, the hospital safety grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and transparent, and the results are free to the public at hospitalsafetygrade.org.