MountainStar Health November 09, 2018

Four MountainStar Healthcare hospitals are among only nine in Utah to achieve an “A” Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. Three of those hospitals have earned this top honor consecutive times. The fall 2018 Safety Grades recognize top performers among 2,600+ U.S. hospitals for ensuring patient safety. The grades focus entirely on how well medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections were prevented.

St. Mark’s Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Mountain View Hospital and Timpanogos Regional Hospital each achieved top honors in The Leapfrog Group’s biannual grades. These MountainStar hospitals join about 830 across the country that achieved an ‘A’ for protecting patients from harm and consistently meeting the highest national safety standards.

Within the Utah rankings, several MountainStar hospitals standout as top performers:

In Utah, 25 hospitals were included in the assessment for fall grades. Only nine hospitals earned an “A” grade, which ranks the state 15th nationwide. Among more than 2,600 hospitals evaluated nationwide; only 32 percent scored an “A” Safety Grade.

Nationwide, medication errors in hospitals affect as many as one in four patients. Therefore, The Leapfrog Group assessed the use of Bar Code Medication Administration when determining this year’s safety grades. BCMA technology ensures that patients receive the medications specifically prescribed for them, and has been in use at MountainStar hospitals for several years.

The following initiatives consistently contribute to ensuring patient safety at MountainStar hospitals:

  • Computer medication management: ensures that patients are given the right medicine, in the right dosage, and at the right time.
  • Computerized Physician Order Entry: electronically processes physician orders for patient care. This tool has proven to save lives by reducing inaccuracies and decreasing medical errors.
  • Hugs® security system: continuously monitors small electronic devices placed on every newborn and pediatric patient.
  • Multidisciplinary safety committees: broaden the scope and depth of experience and knowledge brought to patient safety improvement initiatives.
  • Patient safety leaders: perform quarterly rounds with patients at the hospital and review compliance with and the effectiveness of all safety regulations.
  • Yearly safety training: all employees and volunteers are required to complete a comprehensive safety training course and pass a detailed test.

The Leapfrog Group Safety Grades were compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to educate themselves and their families. For more information including a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining Hospital Safety Grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.