OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville was recently awarded an “A” for its fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade — a widely-recognized distinction among U.S. hospitals.

Jim Jackson

OCH Regional Medical Center CEO and Administrator Jim Jackson

The hospital's fall score is an improvement from the "B" grade OCH received in the spring and is the first time since fall 2017 that the hospital receive the highest grade possible.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization that aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

The Safety Grade assigns a standard A-F letter 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.

How other regional hospitals fared:

  • Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle (Columbus): A
  • NMMC Gilmore (Amory): A
  • NMMC - West Point: D
  • NMMC - Tupelo: A
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson): C

The Starkville Daily News and Daily Times Leader will provide a more in-depth analysis of the grades, breaking down individual scores in Friday's edition.

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