Chabert Medical Center earns ‘A’ grade

Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center (LJCMC) was awarded an ‘A’ grade in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing LJCMC’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for our consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Our dedicated team at Chabert is committed to keeping patients safe while delivering exceptional and compassionate care to the community we serve,” said Tim Allen, CEO, Ochsner Bayou Region. “This recognition is an honor and a testament to the tireless efforts of our providers, nurses and staff, and we are very proud to have received this distinction.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

LJCMC is a 156-bed, licensed, acute care facility accredited by the Joint Commission providing both primary and secondary levels of care. The facility also received a Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, placing it among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience.

Inpatient and outpatient services at LJCMC include radiology, laboratory, emergency medicine, physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, oncology, pulmonary/critical care medicine, cardiology, urology, orthopedics, surgery and psychiatric care. LJCMC’s physician group South Louisiana Medical Associates (SLMA) is comprised of eighty-five providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse anesthetists. SLMA physicians span eighteen specialties providing clinic and hospital services.