Baton Rouge General Only Baton Rouge Hospital to Earn 'As' for Patient Safety Two Years in a Row

08-May-2013 Baton Rouge, La. – The only Baton Rouge hospital earning an “A” for patient safety for the second year in a row, Baton Rouge General’s “Hospital Safety Score” was issued today by the Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit employer-sponsored organization. Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program reviews more than 2,600 facilities across the country and generates a report card for each, with an A, B, C, D or F letter grade. The grade indicates the hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable conditions, including infections, medication errors, acquired injuries such as bedsores, and other sources of harm, such as falls.

Developed by a panel of physicians and experts from Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and the University of California, Leapfrog’s scoring methodology is comprised of twenty-six evidence-based, national performance measures to determine hospitals’ safety scores, including 15 process or structural measures and 11 outcome-based. The scores are derived from an analysis of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey data and publicly reported measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as secondary data sources.   

“At Baton Rouge General, the safety of our patients is paramount. At the bedside and behind the scenes, our physicians, nurses, employees and staff are dedicated to the highest standards of patient safety. Earning ‘As’ in patient safety reflects the strength of this commitment, and the culture of transparency and excellence our organization is fostering in every aspect of patient care,” said Evelyn Hayes, MD, Baton Rouge General’s interim president and CEO. “Importantly, as healthcare providers, report cards keep us all striving for perfection in patient care, and help patients make informed decisions about their care.”

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit

About Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare experts. Leapfrog Group strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the U.S. by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. With the goal of saving lives by reducing injuries, accidents and preventable medical and medication errors, The Leapfrog Group focuses on measuring and publicly reporting hospital performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is a trusted, transparent and evidence-based national tool in which more than 1,100 hospitals voluntarily participate free of charge. Learn more at Hospital