TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

June 14, 2012

BRMC Awarded ‘A’ for patient safety


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Special to the Times-Tribune

Baptist Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available 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.

“We are pleased to hear this affirmation of the hard work and dedication of the employees at Baptist Regional Medical Center”, said hospital president, Larry Gray.   He further noted employees’ commitment to evidence-based practice and standardization of processes as critical to maintaining quality standards.  “When those commitments are supported by compassion for patients and their families, the result is the kind of service that has been recognized by the Leapfrog Group.”

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see Baptist Regional Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).  

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Baptist Regional Medical Center

Baptist Regional Medical Center celebrated 25 years of service to the Tri-County area in July of 2011. The original hospital structure of the Corbin Municipal Hospital was later referred to as the Southeast Kentucky Baptist Hospital, and was built in 1951. In the 1960’s, medical offices were constructed across the street to provide easy access to patients needing to see a doctor. A hospital expansion occurred in the 1970’s, more than doubling the size of the original structure.

By the time the 1980’s rolled around, it was clearly evident that the hospital’s size was inadequate. Perched on the side of a hill, it had no room available to expand and thus moved in 1986 to a larger and more spacious facility on US 25W. Baptist Regional Medical Center opened July 23, 1986 as a 240 bed unit facility. We are a member of the Baptist Healthcare System with facilities in other locations throughout Kentucky.

Today, BRMC operates with 273 beds and has added numerous services to the list. Over the past few years BRMC has added the following services:

—Baptist Bariatric Program

—Formed Baptist Physicians Southeast which manages six different physician offices

—Became the first ISO 9001 certified hospital in Kentucky and one of less than two dozen in the United States with this highly esteemed certification

—Opened a retail Pharmacy, Baptist Regional Apothecary

—Relocated the Critical Care Unit and the Outpatient Surgery Services as a new addition to the building

—Added 12 new rooms to form the Emergency Room II which includes five rooms for observation and seven rooms for low acuity patients

—Joined Central Baptist Hospital to provide Baptist Express Care in Wal-Mart of Corbin and Williamsburg

—Baptist Primary Care extended services to see patients of all ages, providing care to the entire family

—Offering procedures using the daVinci (robot) which helps patients recover quicker and reduces the healing time when compared to the traditional method

—Opened Baptist Oncology Associates for chemotherapy and targeted biological therapies

—Baptist Regional Medical Center received approval from the State to move forward on our emergency angioplasty program for extended cardiac care

—Opened the Trillium Center, offering a continuum of mental health services including individualized treatment for psychiatric support and recovery from addiction

Over the past years BRMC has made numerous changes to help provide the best patient care close to home from relocating the main entrance to becoming a smoke-free campus. Throughout each change the number one focus has been our patients and this will remain our primary focus in the future.  The health of a community depends on many different factors including the quality of health care provided.