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Harrington Wins the Highest Possible Hospital Safety Score

Harrington Hospital has been awarded the highest possible Hospital Safety Score rating -- an A -- by a prestigious independent rating agency.

This marks the fourth consecutive rating period in which Harrington has been awarded a Hospital Safety Score of A. Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade.

Harrington recently received the 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award (one of only 55 acute care hospitals in the country recognized).  This award required Harrington to have an A rating by Leapfrog.

“This award belongs to our employees,” said Harrington President and CEO Edward H. Moore. “I really want to acknowledge all the hard work that everyone at Harrington has been doing to assure that the Safety of our Patients is a priority!  We are committed to continually improve our efforts in this area.   It is very rewarding to receive such public and national recognition.”

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

Some of the measures include: 

            Computer Physician Order Entry

            ICU Staffing related to physician intensivist coverage 24/7- we utilize the e-ICU

            SCIP CORE Measures

            Various complication measures

                        Retained foreign object

                        Air Embolism

                        Pressure Ulcer Stages 3 and 4

                        Falls and Trauma



                        Iatrogentic pneumothorax

                        Post-op Respiratory Failure

                        Post-op Pulmonary Embolism/Deep Venous Thrombosis

                        Post-op Wound Dehiscence

                        Accidental Puncture or Laceration