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Barton Memorial Hospital Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Hospital Safety Score

South Lake Tahoe, CA – New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Barton Memorial Hospital was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“It is an honor for Barton to be recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the nation,” said Dr. Clint Purvance, Barton’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our physicians and medical staff work incredibly hard to provide a safe and compassionate experience for our patients and getting an A in patient safety is reflection of our team’s commitment to our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system. Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, Clostridium difficile and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

To see Barton Memorial Hospital’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group:
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group (leapfrog.org) is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. All scores can be viewed at hospitalsafetyscore.org.

About Barton Health: Barton Health is a non-profit, rural health system that provides high quality, compassionate care to Lake Tahoe residents and the area’s visitors.  Since it opened in 1963, Barton Memorial Hospital has expanded its health and wellness services to 62 licensed acute care beds as well as physician and outpatient facilities. Barton Memorial Hospital is the only designated trauma center in the Tahoe Basin and Carson Valley, and is accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information, visit bartonhealth.org.