Monday, May 27, 2024

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Earns ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

by BIZ Magazine

SHREVEPORT, La. – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center has been awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Grade by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog organization. This recognition signifies the hospital’s commitment to excellence in patient safety and care. Leapfrog assigns grades ranging from “A” to “F” based on over 30 measures of errors, accidents, injuries, infections, and the efficacy of preventative measures in place. St. Mary Medical Center stands out as the sole hospital in northwest Louisiana to attain an “A” rating.

Corwin Harper, Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner LSU Health System of North Louisiana, commented on the achievement, stating, “This ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group underscores our dedication to providing exceptional care while fostering a healthier community for generations to come.” He reaffirmed the institution’s mission to prioritize patient safety and serve as a beacon of health and wellness.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a respected program focusing exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections, and injuries. It undergoes peer review, offering full transparency and accessibility to the public. Grades are updated biannually, in the fall and spring.

Riley Waddell, CEO of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center, expressed pride in the hospital team’s commitment to excellence. He emphasized the ongoing efforts to prioritize safety and deliver exceptional care, ensuring positive patient experiences at every opportunity.

Dr. LaTasha Upton, Chief Medical Officer of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center, added, “Our hospital team is fully dedicated to providing consistent, equitable, high-quality care to the patients we serve. We are honored to receive this recognition, highlighting our commitment to quality standards of patient safety.”

Established in 2019, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center has expanded its services significantly, boasting several fully renovated clinics and a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center. It offers inpatient Women’s and Children’s services and is the largest birthing center in north Louisiana, delivering over 2,400 babies last year. The medical center has been previously recognized by The Leapfrog Group in 2021 as a Top Teaching Hospital and in 2022 as one of America’s Best Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group and Money Magazine.

Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, commended the hospital staff for their dedication to patient safety, emphasizing the collective effort involved in achieving the ‘A’ grade. She expressed gratitude to Ochsner LSU Health, its leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for their unwavering commitment to patient care and safety.

To view Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient safety tips, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on social media platforms.

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