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Baton Rouge General Ranked #1 in Baton Rouge (and the region) for Patient Safety

24-Jun-2014

Baton Rouge, La. – For the third year in a row, Baton Rouge General is the only hospital in Baton Rouge to earn an “A” for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit employer-sponsored organization. They are also the only “A” in the region.

Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program reviews the outcomes and processes of 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 outcomes in keeping patients safe from preventable conditions, including infections, acquired injuries such as bedsores, and falls, as well as process outcomes such as proper staffing and medication reconciliation.

“At Baton Rouge General, the safety of our patients is our top priority, and every member of our team champions the highest standards for quality and patient safety,” said Mark Slyter, President and CEO. “Earning an “A” for patient safety three years running is testament to the culture of transparency and excellence we are fostering.”

“As healthcare providers, report cards keep us striving for perfection in patient care. They also help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Kenney, Vice President of Medical Operations.

Patients experience safety scores and quality measures in a much more tangible way. For Ronald LeBlanc, quality care is surviving a major heart attack with no damage to his heart. Reliable, safe processes executed by the team of cardiac experts at Baton Rouge General meant the artery blocking blood flow to LeBlanc’s heart was rapidly and safely treated – saving his life. “From beginning to end, each step of the process was thorough and clearly explained to me,” said LeBlanc. “Every single person was in control and took action without hesitation. I knew I was in expert hands.”

Developed by a panel of physicians and experts from Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, University of Michigan and the University of California, Leapfrog’s scoring methodology is comprised of 28 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.

Learn more and see the full report at Hospital SafetyScore.org.


Baton Rouge General employees celebrate earning an “A” for patient safety.


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. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

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 BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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 1,300 hospitals voluntarily participate free of charge. Learn more at Hospital SafetyScore.org.


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