Area hospitals earn high score in patient safety
BATON ROUGE- Two Baton Rouge area hospitals have been awarded an "A" for patient safety.
The Leapfrog Group is a national patient safety watchdog group that evaluates the safety measures in hospitals through the U.S. and assigns facilities grades "A" through "F."
Ochsner announced its rating in a release Tuesday, saying only 832 hospitals across the country get the "A" rating.
"We are enormously proud of this recognition, because it acknowledges our relentless drive to serve patients and their families," said Eric McMillen, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge. "Patient safety is our highest priority, and this announcement demonstrates that we are among the nation's leaders."
Baton Rouge General Medical Center also received an "A" grade. In a release from Baton Rouge General, only 15 hospitals in Louisiana and two in East Baton Rouge Parish received an "A" rating in the fall report. This is the sixth year in a row for Baton Rouge General to receive an "A" from the Leapfrog Group.
"A hospital's ability to keep its patients safe isn't just a nice-to-have award," said Dr. Kenny Cole, Chief Clinical Transformation Office at Baton Rouge General. "It can actually mean the difference between life and death."
Our Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center received a "B" grade.