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Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety For 5th Consecutive Year

Jun 29, 2016

This achievement puts Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis in the top 100 hospitals in the nation to reach this level of patient safety excellence

Memphis, TN (June 30, 2016) ― Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been honored with its 9th consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital industry watchdog. This marks 5 years running in being recognized for providing patients and the community with the utmost safety and care.

The hospital is one of only 98 hospitals across the nation to have achieved this level of patient safety excellence. To put this in perspective, The Leapfrog Group evaluated and graded more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide, with less than one-third receiving an “A” grade.

“The physicians and staff of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis are focused on improving outcomes and enhancing the safety of the care we deliver to our patients,” said Audrey Gregory, Saint Francis Healthcare Market CEO. “This recognition is a reflection of our staff’s hard work and validation that patient safety is a top priority at our hospital.”

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett were the only two hospitals in the Memphis area to receive an “A” grade this year. In Tennessee, just 24 hospitals received an “A” grade.

“This honor demonstrates Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis’ entire staff’s commitment to providing quality care, and their efforts to keep our patients as safe as possible,” said Phil Perry, M.D., Tenet Southern Region Chief Medical Officer.

The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group. The Hospital Safety Score is designed to provide consumers with information they need when making decisions about a hospital stay. The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel calculates the Hospital Safety Score. The panel uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score that represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

To see how Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis scores compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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About Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis
Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a 519-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.  Offering a wide array of medical services, Saint Francis is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Joint & Spine Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Sleep Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, and Surgical Services including its Center for Robotic Surgery, Diabetes Center, and Cancer Care Center.   The hospital has been recognized for excellence of care by United Healthcare, CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Saint Francis Hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents.  The hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center and is disease specific certified in Joint Replacement–Hip and Joint Replacement–Knee by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit www.SaintFrancisHosp.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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