Coliseum Health System October 28, 2015

Macon, GA – An announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, lists Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital among the hospitals that earned an A rating in Patient Safety. This score rates hospitals on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit.

“This safety score is a reflection of the amount of care and effort taken by the staff at both Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital. The community should be proud of work that the staff has done to make sure these two facilities earn top Hospital Safety Scores” said, Paul Roddenberry, MD, chairman of the Coliseum Health System Board of Trustees.

The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Lance Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Coliseum Medical Centers, said, “The efforts of our medical staff and associates across all areas have resulted in this tremendous achievement. It is not without a true dedication to the purpose of safety and quality that we achieved this result. This benefits our physicians and our patients that we are privileged to care for each and every day.”

Stephen J. Daugherty, Chief Executive Officer of Coliseum Northside Hospital, said, “Patient safety is our top priority and I am extremely pleased with the work that our physicians and hospital staff have done to insure that our patients are treated in a safe environment.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Coliseum Medical Centers or Coliseum Northside Hospital’s full score, or to see how this score compares to other hospitals across the nation, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple andAndroid devices.