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Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade: A - Fall 2018

Barton Memorial Hospital Receives Another 'A' For Patient Safety

(South Lake Tahoe, CA) – Barton Memorial Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Barton Memorial Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

“At Barton Memorial Hospital and across the Barton Health system, patient safety and high quality care go hand in hand,” says Dawn Evans, Director of Patient Safety. “We are committed to implementing best safety practices and taking a proactive approach with each patient’s care.”  

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for patients. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among patients in their care.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Barton Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in the region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Barton Memorial Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 grades. To see Barton Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group:
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group 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 Memorial Hospital:
Barton Memorial Hospital is part of the non-profit, rural health system Barton Health 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.