LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse once again scored high marks for patient safety, earning an A grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that provides safety ratings. The ratings are intended to help patients choose their preferred health care destinations.
The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score is based on 15 measures of publicly available hospital safety data and 12 self-reported survey answers, which are combined to produce a single safety score. A panel of patient safety experts developed the measures for the score.

The Leapfrog Group’s survey assesses the status of many hospital practice areas, including:

  • Electronic medication ordering.
  • Staffing of ICUs by professionals certified in critical care medicine.
  • Structures and systems in place to provide a culture that supports safety.
  • Practices to monitor and maintain safe nursing workforce levels.
  • Monitoring proper hand hygiene techniques of staff who interact with patients.
  • Monitoring the use of barcode scanning of patients and medications when administering medications in the hospital.

The following Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals also received an A grade: Albert Lea and Austin, Fairmont and Mankato, Minnesota, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse also received a four-star rating in patient experience in the latest Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rankings reflect staff dedication to providing a supportive and excellent experience for patients.

Hospitals received ratings of one to five stars, with five stars being the highest score. The ratings are based on data from patient experience surveys.

Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, Wisconsin earned five stars. The following Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals earned four-stars: Bloomer, Eau Claire and Menomonie, Wisconsin, and Fairmont, Mankato, New Prague and Red Wing, Minnesota.

“We are so proud to see our staff recognized for their commitment to providing safe, high-quality care with the best experience for our patients,” said Paul Mueller, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System – Southwest Wisconsin.

“These recognitions are a tremendous honor,” says Dr. Prathibha Varkey, president of Mayo Clinic Health System. “Our physicians, nurses and staff members work tirelessly to maintain safe, high-quality care for the communities we serve. We could not be prouder of their efforts and are grateful for their dedication to our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score is updated and published twice each year.

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