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DCMH patient safety awarded for third time

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Delta County Memorial Hospital, a 49-bed nonprofit hospital, was honored with an "A" hospital safety score for the third time in the past three years. Recognition comes from 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 score. The A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals are based upon preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The hospital safety score was completed 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.

"Delta County Memorial Hospital is very proud of being awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group for the third time in the past three years," said CEO Jason Cleckler. "The safety score demonstrates our level of commitment and service to our patients and Delta County families."

To see Delta County Memorial Hospital's scores as they compare locally and nationally, visit the hospital safety score website at www.hospitalsafetygrade.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 the same website.

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.

For more information, contact Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing at Delta County Memorial Hospital, 874-2291.

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