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For the 5th year, Baton Rouge General Receives 'A' Rating for Safety

BRG and Ochsner Baton Rouge only local hospitals to receive top grades

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced it has received an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group for the fifth year in a row. Only 798 hospitals across the country and two in the Baton Rouge area received an ‘A’ rating.

“Patients visit Baton Rouge General expecting safety and quality,” said BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter. “We take that expectation seriously and this award is a testament to our team’s firm commitment to creating exceptional experiences for our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent, non-profit employer-sponsored organization. The Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, this year the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.

“As we move into the future of healthcare, it’s important that consumers have this type of information at their fingertips,” said Dr. Kenny Cole, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer.

Baton Rouge General and Ochsner Baton Rouge are the only two local hospitals to ever receive an ‘A’ rating in Baton Rouge, and both again received top honors in this Spring’s survey. Recently, BRG’s parent company (General Health System) and Ochsner announced plans to partner to create the region’s highest quality, lowest cost healthcare delivery system. Both health systems share a like-minded approach to patient care and safety. Earlier this month, both hospitals were named two of the nation’s top hospitals in patient safety by Healthgrades, a distinction only 10 percent of hospitals nationwide achieved.

Both hospitals have also been recognized by CareChex for medical excellence and overall medical care. In 2016, Baton Rouge General was named #1 in Louisiana for overall medical care, while Ochsner Baton Rouge was named #1 in Louisiana for medical excellence.

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.

About Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare experts. Leapfrog Group strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the U.S. by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. With the goal of saving lives by reducing injuries, accidents and preventable medical and medication errors, The Leapfrog Group focuses on measuring and publicly reporting hospital performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is a trusted, transparent and evidence-based national tool in which more than 1,300 hospitals voluntarily participate free of charge. Learn more at HospitalSafetyScore.org.

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