(Warwick, RI) -- Kent Hospital has announced that The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care, has recognized Kent Hospital for its overall outstanding performance in keeping its patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and information from other supplemental data sources, to make its performance evaluation. The data period represented ranges from 2017 to 2019, as well as a 2020 hospital survey.
According to The Leapfrog Group, Kent Hospital reduced the incidence rates of 14 of the 15 measured Hospital Acquired complications and Hospital-acquired infections, and outperformed the national mean in 9 of these measures.
“Kent Hospital is proud of this notable national achievement, improving its score by implementing a number of patient safety best-practices endorsed by safety organizations, such as the national Quality Forum and through targeted improvement efforts to reduce avoidable harm to patients,” said Robert J. Haffey, President and COO, Kent Hospital.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.
Kent Hospital outperformed over 43% of hospitals, nationally, receiving a B rating.
Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.
A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.
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