Hospitals receive safety scores

Safety scores are in for hospitals across Alabama. Leading health experts give hospitals a letter grade based on the care they provide. The scores are based on three main criteria: how often the hospital's staff gives patients the recommended treatment for conditions, the quality of the hospital's environment, as well as what happens to a patient while receiving care or surgery. Many of our local hospitals scored in the B to C range.ABC 33/40 obtained statements from Brookwood Medical Center (received a B) and UAB Hospital (received a C) regarding the Leapfrog Group Scorecard -"Providing safe, highquality care to our patients is the primary focus of everything we do, and we are committed to using evidencebased guidelines to provide the best possible care to our patients. We support the public reporting of clinical quality measures because we believe that it can enhance the quality of care delivered by health care providers across the nation. By taking this stance, we can all help consumers be active participants in their care," says Garry L. Gause, President & CEO of Brookwood Medical Center.

"University Hospital and the UAB Health System considers patient safety and care our top priority. As one of the largest hospitals in the country many of our patients have the highest degree of injury and illness and require the most complicated care. That's why we strive every day to improve the services we provide." says Dr. Benjamin Taylor, Chief Quality Officer, UAB Hospital.

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