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Group gives FTMC an "A"

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk was recently honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Fisher-Titus is one of 15 percent of the 2,619 U.S. hospitals rated by Leapfrog to earn an A score. In Ohio, Fisher-Titus was one of 35 hospitals out of 111 rated that received an A score.

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Our patients’ safety and well-being are top priorities of our Medical Center employees and physician team,” said Patrick J. Martin, president and CEO of Fisher-Titus. “This designation reflects the continual focus on patient safety expected at the Medical Center.”

Martin recently announced he will retire July 1 after a 40-year career at the hospital.

Just recently, Fisher-Titus implemented new innovative germ-zapping room-disinfecting technology to keep high risk areas in the hospital even safer from microorganisms that cause infections ensuring an extra level of protection for patients. In addition, Fisher-Titus has received a variety of awards on the state and local level for successful hospital safety programs and superior employee safety. The Medical Center also is a member of the Huron County Safety Council.

“Hospitals like Fisher-Titus Medical Center that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Fisher-Titus Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), AshishJha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

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. 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 was the nation’s first All-Digital “Smart” Community Hospital and was named among Healthcare’s “Most Wired” in 2012.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

FTMC's other honors include:

• Healthcare’s Most Wired Winner, 2012

• Accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)

• Primary Stroke Center / Fully Accredited Chest Pain Center/Level 3 Trauma Center

• Best Cancer Care, Commission on Cancer Accreditation with Commendation

• Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare in the US

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