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Barton Memorial Hospital Receives Three “A’s” for Patient Safety

South Lake Tahoe, CA – Today the Leap Frog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Hospitals nationwide are assigned an A, B, C, D or F letter grade.  Barton Memorial Hospital was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents. This is the third consecutive “A” Barton Hospital has received.

“Receiving three A’s for patient safety shows Barton Health’s physicians and staff’s dedication to providing a safe and compassionate experience for our patients,” said Dawn Evans, Barton’s Patient Safety Officer.

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

“At Barton Health, patient safety not just a priority, but a value,” said Dr. Clint Purvance, CEO and President of Barton Health. “We appreciate our patients sharing their input and giving us the opportunity to create solutions that better serve our community.”

To see Barton Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group (leapfroggroup.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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.

About Barton Hospital

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.