Eastside Medical Center gets 'A' in patient safety

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score graded Eastside Medical Center in Snellville with its top grade in patient safety.

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 first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, 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.

“Surveys like this one from The Leapfrog Group provide us an additional outlet to review our safety practices and identify areas of opportunity to further enhance patient safety,” said Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical. “Our priority is to provide the safest and most effective medical care for every patient, every time he or she trusts Eastside Medical Center with their healthcare needs.”

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 this spring, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score’s website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

“Eastside Medical Center ranked above hospitals such as DeKalb Medical, Gwinnett Medical Center, Emory Midtown, Piedmont, St. Joseph’s Atlanta and several others in regards to how safe hospitals are for patients,” said Sophie Singer, spokesperson for the hospital.

Gwinnet Medical Center campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth both made grades of “C.”