The Medical Center of Aurora Receives "A" from The Leapfrog Group

Aurora, CO, November 29, 2012 - The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) has received an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a not-for-profit quality organization. In the results of a report released on November 28th, TMCA received the highest grade awarded for patient safety.

The Leapfrog report grades hospitals across the country on their ability to avoid preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group provided Hospital Safety Score grades using an "A, B, C, D, or F" scale. Grades were determined by hospitals' performance on 26 measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, CDC, CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey.

“Patient safety is our top priority,” said Richard Hammett, TMCA President and CEO. “Our staff and physicians work tirelessly every day to ensure a safe environment and provide the highest quality of care for our patients. The results in this report validate these efforts and we are very proud to offer such high quality health care to our community.”

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

About The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora also has Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation.

The hospital is a Level II trauma center, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor with emergency care, EMS education and support. Licensed for 346 beds, the facility is located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi in Aurora, Colo., and encompasses Main and North Campus locations along with Centennial Medical Plaza in the southeast metro area. Selected as a "Best Place to Work" by the Denver Business Journal (2010), the hospital and its three campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.