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Lovelace facilities earn ‘A’ safety grade


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ALBUQUERQUE — Lovelace Westside Hospital and Lovelace Regional Hospital both earned “A” grades from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2018, making them the only two hospitals in the state of New Mexico to earn “A”s, according to information released by hospital officials earlier this week.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only independent ratings program that focuses exclusively on how effectively hospitals keep patients safe, measuring patient safety focusing on patient infections, including falls and trauma, and preventable complications from surgery, according to a press release issued by the hospital.

“The Leapfrog grade is important for patients because it gives them the information they need to make a decision on which hospital is the safest to have a procedure, based on objective criteria,” said Lovelace Westside Hospital CEO Amy Blasing.

The safety grade primarily consists of measures collected and publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and also includes some measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If a hospital does not submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the company uses data from the American Hospital Association’s annual survey and IT supplement. Hospitals are not penalized for not reporting to Leapfrog.

“Our entire hospital, from our physicians to our staff, is committed to patient safety and we couldn’t be prouder to receive a top grade,” said Lovelace Regional Hospital CEO Heather Harper.

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Lovelace Westside Hospital was the only facility in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho to earn an “A” grade while Lovelace Regional Hospital was the only hospital in Southeastern New Mexico to receive an “A” grade, according to the press release.

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