The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit representing large employers and other health care purchasers, released its fall hospital safety scores on Tuesday. Tucson Medical Center was among only two Tucson hospitals to receive an upgraded score, moving from a C to a B.
This Hospital Safety Score rates some 2,600 U.S. hospitals on 28 measures that include patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The scores are derived from public data and from a voluntary hospital survey that TMC completes each year.
TMC’s improvement can be attributed to the work to standardize processes across the organization, implementation of everyday improvements and focus on culture change. This progress can also be seen by TMC’s recent accreditation by The Joint Commission.
“This B grade represents steady incremental quality improvement over the last 4 years. We still have great opportunity to improve. We will go forward with renewed energy to employ Lean as our process improvement tool and work with staff to make TMC the best option for high quality care in Tucson,”said Judy Rich, President and CEO, Tucson Medical Center.
TMC owes that to the patients and the community it serves.