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Penrose-St. Francis is among 45 hospitals in Colorado and 3,000 hospitals nationwide participating in the 5 Million Lives Campaign, a growing national effort to increase patient safety and reduce harm in hospitals by implementing 12 evidence-based changes in patient care. The campaign builds on the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, a similar program that resulted in saving approximately 122,000 lives over an 18-month period.
Penrose-St. Francis already has significant patient safety protocols in place, but the 5 Million Lives Campaign provides us a framework and technical assistance to implement quality improvement changes that are proven to reduce error and medical harm for patients. By ensuring consistent implementation of proven patient safety practices, we've seen immediate improvements in patient care, while creating system-wide procedures that last over time.
Each of the 45 Colorado hospitals participating in the campaign is receiving up to $50,000 from The Colorado Trust to help put some or all of the campaign's 12 evidence-based quality improvements in place, including:
The Leapfrog Group - Hospital Safety Score
Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest
Hospital Safety Score
honored St. Francis Medical Center with an "A" - its top grade in patient safety. Penrose Hospital received a "B". The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by
The Leapfrog Group
(Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the
Journal of Patient Safety
, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. Penrose Hospital received a "B" rating.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and
used in determining grades.
To see how Penrose-St. Francis Health Services score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at
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