Delta hospital gets an ‘A’
Delta County Memorial Hospital has earned the top grade available from national hospital surveying organization The Leapfrog Group.
The group awards Hospital Safety Score grades every year based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey that analyzes hospital procedures and patient outcomes. Points are deducted based on the number of preventable medical errors, injuries, infections and accidents that occur at more than 2,600 U.S. acute care hospitals. Points are added for frequency of “best practices” used to prevent those problems in a hospital.
Hospitals without sufficient data or specialty, pediatric and critical access hospitals are not scored.
Delta was one of 13 Colorado hospitals to earn an ‘A’ grade. It’s the second consecutive year the hospital earned an A.
Fifteen hospitals in the state earned a ‘C,’ including St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose and Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Community and Valley View received ‘C’ grades last year as well. Montrose was not on last year’s hospital safety score list.
St. Mary’s Hospital earned an ‘A’ in 2011. The hospital’s rate of central-line associated blood-stream infections, slightly below the hospital average, and death rate from serious treatable complications following surgery, slightly above average, contributed to St. Mary’s lowered score this year, a Leapfrog Group spokeswoman told Colorado Public News. The spokeswoman added the primary hit to St. Mary’s score came from the hospital receiving the lowest score possible, a zero, for having an adequately-sized nursing staff.
Dan Prinster, vice president of business development for St. Mary’s, said the hospital received a zero for staffing because the hospital accidentally left the nurse count on the survey blank. The Leapfrog Group sends the survey to hospitals, who fill out the survey and return it to the organization. Prinster said the St. Mary’s staff member who filled out this year’s survey is no longer with the hospital and also left blank a section on post-operation respiratory failure.
Shelley Peterson, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at St. Mary’s, said nurse staffing has increased since she started at the hospital eight months ago. She added St. Mary’s received the highest score possible on Leapfrog’s safety scorecard in a separate section of the survey for nurse staffing in the Intensive Care Unit.