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King's Daughters Medical Center recently was honored for its patient safety with the top grade of "A" from Hospital Safety Score. King's Daughters is the only hospital within a 50-mile radius of Ashland to score an "A."

The score is designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. It is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"Patient safety is one of our highest priorities," said Mona Thompson, vice president for Quality at King's Daughters. "Several years ago we adopted a 'zero defects' approach to our care. We rigorously review our standards and processes on an ongoing basis. Our Team keeps patient safety at the center of everything they do. Scoring an 'A' is a nice validation that our approach is the right one. I am very proud of our Team and their accomplishments."
Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said, "Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly. No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the clinicians, administration, and staff of King's Daughters for achieving an 'A' and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To see how King's Daughters compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to the website for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

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