Lincoln Medical Center Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Lincoln Medical Center, Lincoln Health System’s 49-bed acute care hospital, was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Lincoln Health System’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“I am extremely proud of staff and leadership as they have worked extremely hard to provide an environment for safe, quality care for the patients here in Lincoln County,” said Carrie Rogers, Director of Nursing for Lincoln Medical Center.  “This is our second year in a row to have achieved an ‘A’ Rating from LeapFrog.  This achievement embodies our commitment to patient safety and quality 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 work so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, 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.

Lincoln Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see LMC’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 Lincoln Health System

Lincoln Health System (LHS) is a county-owned, non-profit health system located in Fayetteville, Tennessee.  The health system’s humble beginnings began back in 1916 when the area’s all-female Alpha Kappa Club made it their mission to lobby for a much-needed hospital in Lincoln County.   In less than 12 months, the vision became a reality and Lincoln County Hospital opened its doors on April 25, 1917.  One hundred years later, Lincoln Health System is still serving the community. LHS consists of a 59-bed acute care hospital, an ambulance service, long-term care and skilled care facility, home health and hospice agency, and freestanding outpatient rehabilitation and wellness center.  For more information about Lincoln Health System its facilities, medical services, and physicians, visit www.LincolnHealthSystem.com.