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Brigham City Community Hospital Earns an ‘A’ for Hospital Safety

June 22, 2012 (Brigham City UT) Brigham City Community Hospital has been recognized as one of the safest hospitals in Utah by The Leapfrog Group. This independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits published its Hospital Safety Score SM earlier this month. Twenty-one Utah hospitals were included in the scoring; Brigham City Community Hospital is one of only four in the state to achieve an “A” grade.

“We are very pleased to earn such a high grade from this nationally recognized group; it affirms our dedication to keeping patients safe and improving their health,” says Richard Spuhler, chief executive officer at Brigham City Community Hospital. “I congratulate and thank our physicians and staff for creating a safe and healing environment for patients who trust us with their healthcare.”

Several initiates contribute to the high-level of patient safety at Brigham City Community, including a multidisciplinary safety committee. Investments in technologies like computerized medication dispensing further ensures safety. This computerized system scans bar coded bracelets worn by every hospitalized patient on their wrist. It helps the nursing staff to make sure that the right medication at the right dosage is given to the right patient – every time.

Additionally, the hospital’s caregivers and quality team are deeply committed to making sure that patients receive recommended treatments for specific medical conditions or procedures, like those reported to CMH Hospital Compare (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/). This includes standardized care delivered to patients who are having a heart attack or need treatment for conditions like pneumonia or heart failure.

“Hospitals were the first to provide quality data for public reporting, and have been doing so for more than a decade,” says John Nelson Director of Quality at Brigham City Community Hospital. “We believe that hospitals should be transparent with their quality and safety information so that communities know that efforts are being made to improve the quality and safety of patient care.”

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, a Blue Ribbon Panel of the nation’s top patient safety experts used publicly reported hospital safety data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections to grade 2,652 hospitals nationwide. Each hospital was awarded a “consumer-friendly” composite score of A, B, C, D or F based on its performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“The Leapfrog Group’s goal is to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “We hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.”

—For more information about the Hospital Safety Scores and how they compare locally and nationwide, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

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About Brigham City Community Hospital

Brigham City Community Hospital is one of only nine hospitals in Utah to achieve the 2010 HealthInsight Quality Award. Recently designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Utah Department of Health, it is among a small number of rural hospitals nationwide to staff board-certified emergency department physicians. This MountainStar hospital features a state-of-the-art imaging center with advanced technologies including digital mammography and an “in-house” MRI. Brigham City Community Hospital

In addition to this hospital, MountainStar Healthcare includes the only satellite emergency department in Utah, Lone Peak Emergency Center, as well as Ogden Regional Medical Center, Lakeview Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital, Timpanogos Regional Hospital, and Mountain View Hospital in Utah. It also includes Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, West Valley Medical Center (Boise), Alaska Regional Hospital and a growing number of physician, surgery and imaging centers. www.mountainstarhealth.com

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members. www.leapfroggroup.org