Tucson Hospitals Must Improve Patient Safety

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Tucson Hospitals Must Improve Patient Safety


Star, Arizona Daily, AZ Daily Star


Our view: Oro Valley Hospital scored an A, but five others earned only Cs

Oro Valley Hospital should be commended for its A grade for patient safety in a recent national score card on hospitals.

The score card from the The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.- based nonprofit, rated hospitals across the country on their errors, accidents and infections.

Of the seven local hospitals graded in the study, only Oro Valley Hospital received a top grade. Carondelet St. Mary's in Tucson received a B.

The other five hospitals each scored a C, which is not good enough.

Those hospitals are: Northwest Medical Center, Carondelet St. Joseph's, the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, the UA Medical Center-South Campus and Tucson Medical Center.

It is our expectation that these hospitals take the LeapFrog report seriously and improve their standards around patient safety. We expect higher marks when the next report comes out in the fall.

Our C hospitals should take Larry Aldrich, executive director and chairman of the Arizona Business Coalition on Health, up on his offer to help improve their scores. There is simply too much at stake.

As the Star's Stephanie Innes reported earlier this month, The LeapFrog Group's report was the first national score card of this type. The group is run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits with scores calculated through public data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. …

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