Regional Medical Center Tops in Patient Safety

June 15, 2012

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana received top billing recently from the Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit operated by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score used 26 measures of publicly reported data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. Hospitals across the United States received a grade of A through F.

“The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana is honored to receive the highest score in the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scorecard. The hospital strives to be the premier provider and employer of choice for families in Acadiana,” said Kathy Bobbs, Chief Executive Officer of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana.

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see the scores for The Regional Medical Center as it compares nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM Web site, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About The Regional Health System of Acadiana

The Regional Health System of Acadiana is a family of complementary and affiliated healthcare facilities that comprise the Lafayette-based The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, and the New Iberia-based Dauterive Hospital. The Health System represents one of the largest concentrations of healthcare providers and services in Acadiana, employing about 1,400 healthcare professionals. The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital have a combined 252 licensed beds, 51 NICU beds and 45 bassinets. In addition, two Lafayette-area outpatient facilities are affiliated with the system: the Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre and Lafayette Surgicare. The system also contains 16 medical office buildings with over 400,000 square feet of space and 37 employed multi-specialty physicians in eight (8) practices.

Contact Lisa Landry, Regional Marketing Director, at 989-6764 or Lisa.Landry@hcahealthcare.com for more information.

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