Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare Facilities Earn National Distinction For Excellence in Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score(SM)
EL PASO, Texas, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On May 8, 2013, both Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare facilities–Del Sol Medical Center and Las Palmas Medical Center–were honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score(SM) by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
Scores of A, B, C, D or F were assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The scores are designed to give the public information to protect themselves and their families.
“Thank you to The Leapfrog Group for recognizing the efforts of our doctors, nurses and staff members who are dedicated to creating healthcare environments that are safe from infections, injuries and errors,” said Manuel Feliberti, M.D., chief medical officer of Del Sol Medical Center.
“We applaud the efforts of our caregivers, as well as the efforts of The Leapfrog Group for compiling these significant data for the benefit of the public,” Oscar Vega, M.D., chief medical officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-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)
- Arnold Millstein (Stanford University)
- Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University)
- Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis)
- Sara Singer (Harvard University)
- Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University)
- Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco)
“Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group, said. “I congratulate Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare for its safety excellence and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
To see Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at HospitalSafetyScore.org. The website also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and their loved ones during a hospital stay.
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare is the leading healthcare provider for El Paso and the surrounding region, with physicians, nurses and staff who are committed to delivering the highest quality patient care available. The system’s full-service hospitals offer comprehensive medical services in nearly every specialty and include certified Chest Pain Emergency Centers, accredited Centers of Excellence for Breast Imaging and Bariatric surgery, and 5-Star rated maternity care services for 10 years in a row by HealthGrades® (2003-2012). As part of HCA, Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare brings unsurpassed healthcare resources to El Paso residents through a network of Centers of Excellence in fields such as gynecological surgery, pediatrics, cardiology, neuroscience and organ transplant. For more information, please visit www.laspalmasdelsolhealthcare.com
The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (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 it is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
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