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Second consecutive ‘A’ rating for ACMC
Ashtabula County Medical Center (ACMC) was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Gradea national distinction recognizing ACMC’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“When we were awarded the ‘A’ rating in May, I noted that it shows ACMC is among the safest hospitals in the country. Now, our second consecutive ‘A’ rating reinforces to our Caregivers and the community that we adhere to the highest standards of patient safety,” said ACMC President & CEO Michael Habowski. “Ashtabula County residents deserve care that is second-to-none. To ensure patients receive it, our Caregivers continue to reduce risks for patients, enhance communications with patients and nurses, and increase responsiveness of staff. I’m proud to say ACMC puts patient safety as a top priority.”
Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said, “’A’ hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error. It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this ‘A’.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see ACMC’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
ACMC is celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2019. It began as Ashtabula General Hospital in 1904. Today, ACMC is an acute-care hospital with 249 licensed beds and the largest medical center in Ashtabula County. It has been delivering patient care for more than a century. ACMC is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. The ACMC Healthcare System includes Ashtabula County Medical Center, The Ashtabula Clinic, The ACMC Foundation, ACMC Regional Home Health Services, Glenbeigh, and Community Care Ambulance Network (CCAN). The Ashtabula County Medical Center web site is www.acmchealth.org.