Kingman, Arizona, May 15, 2019 – Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) was awarded an ‘A’ today when the Leapfrog Group announced their spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes KRMC’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. It assigns safety grades to hospitals across the nation twice annually in the spring and fall.
The Leapfrog safety grade has become a gold standard measure of patient safety. Developed under the guidance of a national panel of experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.
The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“A couple of years ago, our CEO challenged hospital leaders to increase our focus on improving patient safety,” said Dr. Thomas Gaughan, KRMC Chief Medical Officer. “I believe this grade is a reflection of our endeavors.”
“We are determined to continue working on safety improvements moving forward,” Gaughan stated.
To advance patient safety performance, KRMC uses industry-wide safety standards and measures. These measures serve as vital tools to identify where enhancements are needed and allow administrators to focus on areas that require the most attention. As a result, KRMC continues to implement process improvements to prevent medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who worked so hard to earn this A.”
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 Kingman Regional Medical Center
(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 270 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance. For more information visit www.azkrmc.com.