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Jun 7, 2012 1:51 PM

Oro Valley Hospital awarded an A for patient safety

TUCSON - Oro Valley Hospital was honored with an "A" Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

"Oro Valley Hospital is extremely proud to be acknowledged for our uncompromising commitment to safety," says Jae L. Dale, CEO. "Our department managers and directors start each day with a ‘Daily Safety Huddle' where we focus on significant safety and quality issues. This initiative keeps the well-being of our patients and employees top of mind at all times."

To see Oro Valley Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-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.

"Our objectives remain constant and consistently high when it comes to patient safety. Oro Valley Hospital employees and medical staff are encouraged to ask themselves, ‘What actions am I taking to ensure a safe day?'" says Dale.

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