The Washington Times-Herald

May 25, 2013

DCH announces safety upgrade

By Nate Smith
Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON — For most students, improving a school grade from an F to a C is quite an improvement. 

The same can now be said for hospitals as Daviess Community Hospital announced this week its grade on a consumer website has improved to a C.  Last year, the website called Hospital Safety Score said the hospital was one of 25 in the nation to receive a failing grade for safety standards. This year, the grade was higher.

According to release from the hospital, DCH was one of only 1.9 percent of hospitals in the country that improved their safety grades over two grade levels.

“We are extremely proud of our staff and physicians at Daviess Community Hospital who provide excellent professional medical care to our patients every day,” DCH CEO David M. Bixler said in a release. “Everyone at DCH realizes this is a significant improvement as we move forward to our ultimate goal of an A rating.”

On the website create by the nonprofit LeapFrog Group, the hospital posted near perfect scores on surveys about hospital structure and regulations. In 2012, the study also noted DCH’s new electronic physician entry system.

Two areas the hospital did poorly last year based on data was bedsores and patients receiving antibiotics after surgery. This year’s survey saw the hospital improve significantly in those areas.

According to LeapFrog’s records, most of their numbers come from data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a government agency. Metrics also come from the American Hospital Association. DCH is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.