KDMC earns high safety grade

Published 3:12 pm Friday, June 14, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — King’s Daughter Medical Center earned a “B” rating from hospital safety group Leapfrog released in May 2024. According to a report card released by the Leapfrog Group, King’s Daughter Medical Center was one of eight hospitals in Mississippi to earn a “B” rating for the spring period. 

To the south, Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb earned a “D” rating. 

Leapfrog Group is a non-profit which grades hospitals twice a year on patient safety and quality. KDMC CEO Scott Christensen issued a statement about the grade Thursday. 

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I am proud to reaffirm our commitment to quality and safety, providing care you can trust right here at home, with consistently high ratings and feedback,” Christensen said. “While there are many different ratings of hospitals from so many different groups, I continue to encourage our patients to seek out their local healthcare provider or share in the experience of a friend or family member at KDMC.” 

KDMC and other hospitals in the state declined to respond to questions about patient rights and ethics, patient harm, critical care, healthcare associated infection, maternity care, medication safety, pediatric care, complex pediatric and adult surgery, care for outpatient surgeries and total joint replacement. 

KDMC earned a “B” rating in the Fall of 2023 report and previously earned “A” ratings from Spring 2023 to Fall of 2021.  

Our team is what makes the difference here and it shows by how much our community supports our local hospital,” Christensen said. “We are proud to maintain a high level of excellence in providing safe, compassionate, and efficient care to every patient we serve.”

Southwest Regional Medical Center did respond to Leapfrog’s questions covering healthcare topics. The hospital earned a “considerable achievement,” grade for effective leadership to prevent errors. It achieved the standard with infection to the Urinary Tract and MRSA. In maternity care, the hospital achieved the standard for early elective deliveries and screening newborns for jaundice before discharge. 

In medication safety, the hospital achieved the standard for safe medication ordering. For elective outpatient surgery care, the hospital achieved the standard in staffing for adults and pediatrics.