Fairfield Medical Center Recognized Nationally For Patient Safety

Fairfield Medical Center has been awarded an "A" for safety rating from The Leapfrog Group for the fourth time in 24 months. This rating places the hospital among the top-performing medical centers in the nation for its patient safety standards.

“Not all hospitals earn an “A,” even hospitals with outstanding reputations for quality sometimes receive a Hospital Safety Score of “B,” “C” or below,” said Dr. Steven Cox, chief medical officer at FMC. “We have many policies and procedures in place to ensure our patient’s safety. This renewed recognition shows the dedication of our staff who work hard every day to give the best care possible.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit organization and advocate for hospital transparency, just released its newest hospital safety standings based on the latest public data used to evaluate patient safety. The organization measures the amount of errors, accidents and infections and assigns letter grades biannually from “A” to “F” to hospitals throughout the country for their safety.

The Leapfrog Group calculates Hospital Safety Scores by evaluating publicly available safety data that details how often a hospital gives patients recommended treatment for a given medical condition or procedure, and considers the environment in which patients receive care. Hospital Safety Scores also take patient outcomes into account in determining final marks. Scores are compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and are intended to empower patients with information to objectively evaluate local hospitals and make health care decisions for themselves and their families.

To compare FMC’s scores to local and national hospitals, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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