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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Blount Memorial Earns "A" in Patient Safety

Once again, Blount Memorial Hospital was recognized 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 Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores 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. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (August 2015), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We’re extremely pleased that Blount Memorial’s patient safety efforts and outcomes continue to draw recognition from The Leapfrog Group,” said Blount Memorial CEO Don Heinemann. “Each member of our organization, from our executive team members to our housekeepers, takes pride in creating safe environments and positive outcomes for our patients. Patient safety has always been, and will continue to be, our primary goal in providing health care services to our community.”

“We have a dedicated and hardworking group of employees and physicians working together to care for our patients,” said Blount Memorial’s chief medical officer Dr. Harold Naramore. “Blount Memorial employees work to establish patient safety efforts to promote positive patient outcomes every single day for each and every patient,” he said.

To see Blount Memorial’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at

The Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. 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 about the Hospital Safety Score or to view the list of state rankings, please visit

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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