Wesley Healthcare Hospitals Again Earn “A” Patient Safety Scores for 2015

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER are the only regional hospitals recognized with “A” safety scores by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization, in its Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score℠ rankings.

The scores were 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 patients’ safety.

“Wesley Healthcare prides itself on providing safe, quality care in all that we do,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley Healthcare president and CEO. “Receiving an ‘A’ in patient safety speaks to our commitment of creating the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

Wesley also received an “A” rating in Leapfrog’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score release.

“Achieving and sustaining this level of excellence isn’t easy, as evidenced by the fact that very few hospitals have earned this designation,” Voloch said. “I congratulate the many staff and physicians who help place our patients’ safety first, each and every time.”

According to The Leapfrog Group’s website, “The Hospital Safety Score is free and one piece of information you should use when planning a hospital stay.” The organization also provides some of the scenarios where the Hospital Safety Score can help a patient make the right decision:

  • Knowing where to go for an emergency
  • Scheduling a high-risk or potentially life-threatening surgery
  • Preparing to have a baby
  • If someone in the family is suffering from a life-threatening illness that could require immediate or consistent hospital care.

“Wesley Healthcare’s ‘A’ grades are a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve hospitals that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Wesley, Wesley Woodlawn and all other ‘A’ hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”

The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety and is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. To see Wesley Healthcare’s full scores, please visitwww.hospitalsafetyscore.org. For more information about Wesley Healthcare and its services, please visitwww.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912.  As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region.  Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER.  Wesley owns and operates Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, 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 collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, 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.

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