MERRIAM, Kan. – As part of its effort to become Kansas City's top hospital in quality, safety and patient experience, Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has received an "A" grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency.
Each year, The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals a Hospital Safety Score, available to consumers at hospitalsafetyscore.org. This score represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
“Achieving an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score is rewarding and validates the patient safety and quality outcomes that the hospital delivers,” says Lori K. Clayman RN, BSN, MA, CPHQ, Administrative Director of Quality and Safety at SMMC. “I am proud of our journey to never be satisfied with our results, always reaching to be better than the last time.”
Hospital Safety Scores are calculated under the guidance of an eight-member Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel of patient safety specialists from across the country. Scores are based on national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, a trusted, transparent and evidence-based national tool in which more than 1,300 hospitals voluntarily participate free of charge, as well as performance measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
About Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is a 504-bed facility with nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually. SMMC has the busiest emergency department in Johnson County, the area's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, a nationally recognized Center for Women's Health and delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMMC employs more than 2,900 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff in Kansas City. Visit us on the Web at ShawneeMission.org.