OGDEN, UTAH -- Ogden Regional Medical Center achieved an "A" in the bi-annual Hospital Safety Score published by The Leapfrog Group. The designation recognizes exceptional performance in consistently meeting evidence-based patient safety guidelines. Ogden Regional is one of only two hospitals in Utah to earn the top grade. Another facility in the MountainStar Healthcare network, Timpanogos Regional Hospital, also scored an "A" in the report.

"Among the many accomplishments that make us proud of our hospital, this recognition is one of the highest tributes," said Mark Adams, CEO at Ogden Regional Medical Center." "The well-deserved rating recognizes the teamwork aimed at making our hospital the safest one in the area. I am thankful for our physicians and support staff, and all they do to ensure that we meet our number one goal: patient safety and well-being."

The Hospital Safety Score compiles 26 measures of publicly available hospital data into a single "grade" for more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals. Its A, B, C, D and F grades represent each hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections and injuries as well as medical and medication errors.

At Ogden Regional Medical Center, advanced patient care processes and technologies contribute to ensuring patient safety. They include a proactive multidisciplinary safety committee, strict adherence to national standards that are essential to providing high-quality patient care, and the following as examples of improvement initiatives:

  • HUGS security system: continuously monitors small electronic devices placed on every newborn and pediatric patient. It sounds an alarm while locking elevator and stairwell doors if a baby or hospitalized child is taken outside of the secure area.
  • COMPUTER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT: ensures that patients are given the right medicine, in the right dosage, and at the right time. Every hospitalized patient wears a bar-coded bracelet that the nursing staff scans every time medications are administered.
  • COMPUTERIZED PHYSICIAN ORDER ENTRY: electronically processes physician orders for patient care. This tool has proven to reduce inaccuracies that may result from illegible handwriting, decrease medical errors, reduce costs -- and ultimately save lives.
  • PATIENT SAFETY LEADERS: perform quarterly rounds at the hospital and review compliance with and the effectiveness of all safety regulations.
  • YEARLY SAFETY TRAINING: all employees and volunteers are required to complete this course and pass a detailed test.
  • PROXIMITY I.D. BADGES: required to enter secure areas at the hospital. Physicians, staff, volunteers and vendors only have access to areas that are appropriate to their jobs.

According to The Leapfrog Group, more than 1,000 people die every day from preventable accidents in hospitals. With its "A" grade, Ogden Regional Medical Center stands out as a hospital that is achieving excellence when it comes to delivering the highest quality patient care and ensuring safety.

"Leapfrog believes that patient safety should be Job #1 in every ;hospital, 24-7," said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and CEO. "To reinforce that goal of consistent vigilance, we've made it easier for patients and others to evaluate a hospital's safety record on the Hospital Safety Score website. While patients should always reference a hospital's current grade as the most important indicator of hospital safety, patients may also want to consider the hospital's past record, to assess whether their hospital is making constant improvements or if the hospital has demonstrated consistent excellence."

To see current and past scores for Ogden Regional as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. This website also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.