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News: Centegra hospitals receive ‘A’ ratings for hospital safety

Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock have received A ratings on The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score, the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance for safety, quality and efficiency. More than 2,500 of the nation’s leading hospitals participate in this survey to promote safety, quality, affordability and transparency in health care.

“Our top ratings reflect the excellent procedures and processes we implement to prevent errors, infections, injuries and medication mix-ups,” said Dr. Kumar Nathan, vice president for clinical effectiveness at Centegra. “We participate in this survey because we believe patients should choose a hospital based on the level of care it provides.”

Hospitals that take part in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve results that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved. Centegra received best-possible scores for:

  • Computerized prescriber order entry, which highlights Centegra’s use of electronic prescribing systems. Physicians or clinicians enter medication orders into a computer, which then combines all patient information to check for potential errors or concerns.
  • Identification and mitigation of risks and hazards, which shows that Centegra’s teams work to identify and reduce potential risks for patients.
  • Nursing workforce, which reflects Centegra’s dedication to correctly staffing all nursing units.
  • Medication reconciliation, which demonstrates that Centegra uses the best strategies to reduce medication errors and adverse drug events.
  • Hand hygiene, which shows Centegra’s workforce uses measures to reduce infections that are transmitted from one patient to another.
  • Care of ventilated patients, which recognizes Centegra’s excellent practices regarding patients who need breathing assistance.

“For Centegra Health System, the A rating means we’re succeeding in our efforts to provide safe, high-quality care,” said Dr. Irfan Hafiz, vice president of medical affairs at Centegra. “For patients, an A rating means your local hospitals offer care on par with the leading hospitals in the nation.”