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April 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two of Ohio State University’s hospitals have been named among the safest hospitals in the United States, according to the latest Hospital Safety Score released by The Leapfrog Group. Both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s University Hospital East were honored with “A” grades, Leapfrog’s top grade in patient safety.

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and senior vice president of Health Sciences, says the Leapfrog quality initiative is important for the University and the Medical Center.

“We challenge ourselves every day to achieve higher standards for the safe and efficient delivery of medical care,” Gabbe said. “It’s up to every one of our faculty and staff members to ensure that our patients get the safest and highest quality care we can provide. It’s very rewarding to know the work we do is making our patients’ lives better and to be honored for this effort.”

The Hospital Safety Score gives consumers information they can use for themselves and family members when facing a hospital stay. It rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single letter-grade score of “A” through “F” that represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general hospitals were assigned scores.

Ohio State was among 39 hospitals in Ohio to achieve the highest safety grade. This is the fourth such honor for the Medical Center and the second for University Hospital East.

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Media Contact: Marti Leitch, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu