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Tacoma General, Good Samaritan hospitals win A rating for safety

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 11, 2012 at 8:35 am |
June 11, 2012 8:45 am

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and Puyallup’s MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital have been awarded a “A” hospital safety score by a national non-profit group run by employers and large health insurance companies.

The two hospitals were the only hospitals in the South Sound to be so honored by The Leapfrog Group.

The evaluations uses data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“Our staff and physicians at MultiCare are committed to providing our patients and our community the highest quality care. This award recognizes the dedication and hard work that drives our care and focus on patient safety,” said Diane Cecchettini, president and CEO of MultiCare Health System.

“MultiCare’s top rating reflects a commitment to implementing a comprehensive electronic health record, which helps ensure patients get the safest and best care possible,” the health system said.

“All MultiCare outpatient clinics and hospitals are linked to the electronic health record called MultiCare Connect. The system includes physician order entry, a key component of the Hospital Safety Score, that allows health care providers to directly enter order into a computer. MultiCare Connect also includes inpatient and outpatient area access, electronic imaging, patient access to records, bedside barcoding and other features that improve care. MultiCare patients can view their health record, lab and test results, schedule an appointment or refill prescriptions using a secure patient portal called MyChart (Powered by MultiCare) at home or anywhere they have internet access,” the hospitals said in a press release.

To see MultiCare’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website.

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