Baton Rouge General Receives Top Marks for Safety and Overall Medical Care

BRG ranked first in Louisiana and 43rd in the U.S. in overall medical care

Baton Rouge, La. – Today, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced top honors in several healthcare categories from two ratings organizations.

Baton Rouge General was rated first in overall medical care and heart failure care in the state of Louisiana by CareChex, a healthcare analytics organization that specializes in hospital and physician rankings. Out of the 3,800 hospitals in the country ranked, Baton Rouge General ranked 43 – in the top 2% of hospitals nationwide.

“We are proud to be among the best in the country in these rankings,” said Dr. Kenny Cole, BRG’s Chief Clinical Transformation Officer. “However, we will never be satisfied with just improving. We remain committed to the relentless pursuit of perfection with a goal of zero preventable harm on our journey toward a culture of safety and continuous improvement.”

In addition to the top hospital ranking, BRG received an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit employer-sponsored organization, for the fifth year in a row. Of the 2,633 hospitals in the country that were issued a Hospital Safety Score, only 844 earned an A. Baton Rouge General and Ochsner Baton Rouge are the only two Baton Rouge hospitals to ever receive an ‘A’ rating in Baton Rouge, and both again received top marks in this Fall’s survey.

Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program reviews the outcomes and processes of more than 2,600 facilities across the country and generates a report card for each, with an A, B, C, D or F letter grade. The grade indicates the hospital’s overall outcomes in keeping patients safe from potentially preventable healthcare acquired conditions, such as infections and bedsores, as well as leadership and structures that promote patient safety. Analysis shows that more than 33,000 lives could be saved nationwide if all hospitals performed at an A-grade level.

“Our goal is to become a national leader in the quality of the care we give our patients,” said BRG acting President Edgardo Tenreiro. “This award reflects the commitment of our physicians, nurses and every member of our team to make that goal a reality.”

Baton Rouge General also achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ earlier this year. This designation recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. This places Baton Rouge General among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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