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Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group

October 31, 2017

Hospital earns grade "A" in Fall 2017 hospital safety score.

For the third time in a row, Freeman Health System was honored with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Score. Freeman is one of 18 hospitals in Missouri to receive the grade. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

“Everyone at Freeman works together to set a standard of excellence to deliver compassionate, innovative and safe healthcare to the communities we serve,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “Without our talented and selfless physicians, nurses and staff, this recognition would not be possible.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the score uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single-letter grade twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed and fully transparent.

Consumers can view scores online free of charge. To see how Freeman Health System’s score compares locally and nationally, visit or follow the Leapfrog Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook.

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2017, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.