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TriStar Centennial Awarded an "A" for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

November 30, 2012

Five local TriStar Health hospitals were honored with an “A” score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 30, 2012) – TriStar Centennial Medical Center was one of five local TriStar Health hospitals 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.

TriStar Horizon, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Southern Hills, and TriStar StoneCrest Medical Centers also received an “A” rating.

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

“TriStar Centennial believes patient safety is the number one priority in providing quality patient care in Middle Tennessee,” said Micki Slingerland, chief operations officer of TriStar Centennial. “We are pleased the community has this type of data available to help them make informed decisions about who they trust for their healthcare needs.”

He said that TriStar Centennial continues implementing proven practices to further enhance patient safety, including a recent transition to computerized provider order entry and providing on-site intensivist care.

This top score for patient safety and quality includes healthcare services provided by TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at TriStar Centennial, and TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion.

Of the approximately 2,600 hospitals that met requirements to receive a grade, 790 received an “A” Hospital Safety Score.

“Hospitals like this 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 TriStar Centennial for its safety excellence and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see TriStar Centennial’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, also 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), Ashish Jha (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).

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.