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November 30, 2012

DCH refutes website rating

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WASHINGTON —

“There are several successes that highlight the hospital’s focus on patient safety and clinical excellence that have been implemented after the LeapFrog reporting period,” Bixler said.

The AHA data that judged the computer order system was from 2009.

 DCH had implemented its computer system two years later and is now fully operational in its hospital and clinics.

Bixler said although the hospital disagrees with its grade, they will use the data to make the hospital better.  He added that since joining the hospital in September, he has been impressed with the levels of quality and safety.

“The community and our patients can take pride in what our employees and physicians do, every day, to ensure a safe environment of care for every patient, every time,” Bixler said.

Also rated on the company’s site was Good Samaritan Hospital and Jasper Memorial Hospital. Good Samaritan received an A grade while Memorial received a C grade. Both hospitals did not complete a LeapFrog study.

The results are on the web at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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