Milford Regional Earns A-Grade, Honors Volunteers
May 27, 2016 02:13PM
By Pamela Johnson
Milford Regional volunteers receive their pins for completing 1,000-6,000 hours of service. Shown (L-R): Mary Ann Courtemanche, Mike Cooper, Mary Garvey, Olimpio Zaino, Barbara Hale, Lynda Keenan, Mary Arcudi, Patricia Houston, Sherry Levine, Mel Gouthro, Carol Cerasoli, Ernie Gentile, and Sylvia LaFlamme (article below).
Milford Regional Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient SafetyResults of Hospital Safety Scores company, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced recently by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Milford Regional Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A ranking, placing it among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“Patient safety is a top priority for everyone that works at Milford Regional,” says Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO of Milford Regional. “Receiving an ‘A’ grade from Hospital Safety Score for the fourth consecutive time affirms our efforts to provide patients with care that is both high quality and safety focused. I want to commend our physicians and staff whose commitment to safety brought us this national recognition.”
“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.
To see Milford Regional's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, 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 and Android devices.
Milford Regional Honors Volunteers at Annual LuncheonMilford Regional Medical Center recently honored the more than 500 volunteers who contribute their time and talents to support the patients and staff with a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. (See photo above.)
The annual luncheon is an opportunity for department managers and administrative staff to show their appreciation and to thank the volunteers for their service. Milford Regional has a total of 501 volunteers who contributed 34,550 hours during the past fiscal year assisting various hospital departments and programs.
"We are fortunate to have so many caring and skilled volunteers at Milford Regional," says Elaine Willey, director of Volunteer Services. "Volunteers make such a difference to patients and staff throughout the Medical Center."
Volunteers from Bellingham include Dorothy Bartlett, Doris Darling, Ann Doherty, Ronald Fife, Lynn Ippolito, Robert Laflamme, Marcia Mendell, Shirley Parziale, Alyssa Siekiera, Dorothy Vine, Janey Webb.