Hardin Memorial Health has been given an A safety rating for the second consecutive time.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that evaluates and reports safety and quality performance of more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide, released its biannual hospital safety grades this week.

Of the 46 hospitals rated in Kentucky, only 10 received an A rating. Baptist Health, which manages HMH and is in negotiations to purchase the hospital, has two A-rated hospitals: Baptist Health-Corbin and Baptist Health-Lexington. Three of its hospitals received a B rating and two received a C rating.

Leapfrog looks at publicly available safety measures from different organizations, such as the American Hospital Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It looks at 27 different quality measures, including inpatient injuries, infections and medical and medication errors.

“A total team commitment to evidence-based infection control practices is the key to earning this A rating for the second time in a row,” HMH vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Sharon Wright said in a news release.

“This all equals better patient outcomes and when it comes to this rating, taking even better care of patients is what matters to us.”

Wright said patients, their families and all visitors at the hospital also play a role in the success.

“Everyone who comes to the hospital plays a role in infection control,” Wright said. “We ask everyone to practice proper hand hygiene and follow visitor guidelines.”

Wright said as with any national rating or ranking, the HMH team will review the results and determine where they can improve.

“Providing the very best and safest patient care is a constant priority,” she said.

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