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October 31, 2017

Fisher-Titus Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Lorna Strayer.jpgThe Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Fisher-Titus Medical Center was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. In Ohio, only 51 hospitals scored an “A” out of 110 evaluated. Fisher-Titus also earned an A grade in the Spring 2017 and Fall 2016.

“We are honored to receive this ‘A’ grade,” said Lorna Strayer, president of Fisher-Titus. “This is just one example of the tremendous efforts our team puts forth to provide safe, high quality care for every patient, every time. This national designation reflects the continual focus on patient safety expected at Fisher-Titus.”

Some recent patient safety initiatives at Fisher-Titus include:

  • A surgery checklist and “timeout” before surgery to make sure the correct patient, surgical site and procedure is being completed. At the end of 2016, a “checkout” at the end of the procedure is also completed to ensure a safe and successful surgery.
  • The discharge process also was recently revised so the process of care is extended from the time of discharge until the time the patient leaves the building.
  • All safety events are reviewed at the time they occur.
  • Education about sepsis, a severe bloodstream infection, has increased both for physicians, clinical staff and nursing home personnel.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of [YOUR HOSPITAL] for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Fisher-Titus Medical Centers full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit 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.

About Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Fisher-Titus Medical Center serves Norwalk, Huron County and the region with the latest medical advancements providing the area’s 70,000-plus residents a full continuum of care that includes Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital, a 99-bed acute care hospital; Norwalk Memorial Home, a 69-bed skilled nursing facility; The Carriage House of Fisher-Titus, a 48-unit assisted living facility; and a Home Health Center.

As a non-profit community hospital, Fisher-Titus offers patients the most advanced technology and medical treatments possible while providing the highest level of personal care. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and an outstanding team of physicians, Fisher-Titus has earned numerous national recognitions. The Medical Center is accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and also is recognized as a Fully Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center and a Level 3 Trauma Center. Fisher-Titus Medical Center also was named among Healthcare’s “Most Wired” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. 2016 and 2017.