Baptist North Mississippi Receives ‘A’ for Patient Safety

Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is located at 1100 Belk Blvd. Photo by Talbert Toole.

The designation recognizes Baptist North Mississippi’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“This A grade reflects the commitment we have to our patients and their health,” said Bill Henning, CEO and administrator of BMH-NM. “Our team members and physicians work extremely hard to deliver top-notch care, and I’m so proud Leapfrog has recognized their efforts.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Baptist North Mississippi that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

BMH-NM was one of 855 hospitals across the United States awarded an A in the fall 2018 update of grades. To see Baptist North Mississippi’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About Baptist North Mississippi
Baptist North Mississippi is a 217-bed hospital in Oxford, Mississippi, that offers a variety of services including cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, home care and hospice and a 24-hour emergency room. In November 2017, the hospital moved into a new, five-story, 600,000-square-foot facility. The new hospital building offers a larger emergency department, advanced technology and larger rooms. Since the hospital became affiliated with the Baptist system in 1989, Baptist has invested almost $700 million into the community.

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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.


Baptist North Mississippi press release

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