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Roger Williams one of only three hospitals in RI to receive highest rating on patient safety

Roger Williams Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in Rhode Island to receive an ‘A’ ranking in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization that evaluates the safety and quality performance of U.S. hospitals.

The period of time measured in this ranking was January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly-available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals.

“We are especially pleased to receive this ‘A’ ranking as patient safety and quality are our two highest priorities,” said Demetra Ouellette, President of Roger Williams Medical Center. “Our team of caregivers and support staff are dedicated on an everyday basis to providing excellent safe care and this ranking is reflective of that commitment.”

Areas where Roger Williams was identified as doing particularly well included communication regarding discharge and communication about medications. Safety risks that Roger Williams

was recognized for minimizing included dangerous objects left in a patient’s body, surgical wound splitting open, death from serious treatable complications, Iatrogenic Pneumothorax, C. diff infection, surgical site infection after colon surgery, dangerous bed sores, and air from a gas bubble in the blood.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit 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.