TriStar Centennial Receives 'B' Hospital Safety Score

June 11, 2012

Structural measures to be in place by August 2012 will further enhance patient safety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 8, 2012)TriStar Centennial Medical Center received a ‘B’ score with the launch of the Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“TriStar Centennial believes patient safety is the number one priority in providing quality patient care in Middle Tennessee and welcomes all reporting and feedback that identifies opportunities for improvement,” said F.J. Campbell, M.D., chief medical officer for TriStar Centennial.

Campbell said the current report shows that TriStar Centennial is doing exceptionally well in the majority of patient safety areas, including low infection and complication rates.

“The greatest opportunity for improvement lies in the medical structures category of patient safety and we are on track to have both key reportable components in place by August 2012,” he said.

Those two components are computerized provider order entry, commonly referred to as CPOE, and having on-site intensivist care. TriStar Centennial launches its CPOE system and will have an intensivist program providing 24/7 intensivist coverage in our intensive care unit by the end of this summer.

“We are very proud of our continuing achievements in patient safety in a number of safety category measures of publicly reportable data and are committed to taking further steps to enhance patient safety,” said Campbell. “TriStar Centennial looks forward to achieving an ‘A’ score when The Leapfrog Group reissues the score this fall.”

To see TriStar Centennial’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

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 at 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.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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.

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