On Thursday Colquitt Regional Medical Center CEO Jim Matney hosted a celebration for hospital employees where he shared exciting news: Colquitt Regional received a 'A' rating on the 2014 Hospital Safety Score. Only 19 hospitals in Georgia scored high enough to receive an 'A and Colquitt Regional was the only hospital south of Columbus and Savannah to earn that honor.

MOULTRIE — Colquitt Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

The hospital announced the recognition to its staff Thursday morning.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in patient safety,” said Jim Matney, Colquitt Regional Medical Center CEO. “Patient care is the Number 1 priority for our employees and this rating reflects the commitment we make to everyone who enters Colquitt Regional. This is not an easy accomplishment, as we are the only hospital in South Georgia to receive an A.”

“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Colquitt Regional Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”  

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see how Colquitt Regional’s score compares regionally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center is nearing the completion of a large expansion that will include new Emergency Rooms, Operating Rooms, and ICU Suites. All rooms are private, patient and family-centered, and will feature state-of-the-art technology.

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