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The Oro Valley Hospital received the highest score possible in a national study released last week that judged hospitals on safety practices and service.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits honored Oro Valley Hospital with an A Hospital Safety Score.

The Hospital Safety Score 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,” said hospital CEO Jae L. Dale. “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.”

According to the Leapfrog study, every year more than 400 people die because of a preventable hospital error. The study states that people seem to do more research on what car they buy than what hospital to go to. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries through publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm.

Oro Valley was the only hospital in the Tucson region to receive an A. Carondelet St Mary’s Hospital and Health Center received a B. Tucson Medical Center, Carondelet St Joseph's Hospital and Health Center, and University Medical Center each received a C.

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.

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

To learn more about the services and community programs available at Oro Valley Hospital, visit www.OroValleyHospital.com.

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