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Hospital safety report gives UMC an 'F' grade

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Updated: 4/30 10:10 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Thousands of us depend on hospital safety and care each year.

There's a new report card out with bad news for Nevada when it comes to patient safety and care.

Locally, some facilities scored well, while one hospital failed. University Medical Center received an 'F.' Other valley hospitals did better in the survey conducted by the nonprofit company Leapfrog, which examined health care quality in Las Vegas.

The report examined more than a dozen hospitals in the valley to see how safe they keep patients; most passed with B's and C's, and a couple of As, but UMC received an 'F'.

Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder says UMC is not safe and calls the results alarming.

In a statement about the Leapfrog survey, new UMC Chief Executive Lawrence Barnard says: "While there is always room to improve patient care, the leapfrog results are not an accurate reflection of UMC’s overall patient care. UMC does not participate at all in the Leapfrog survey; because we do not ‘pay to play’ therefore leapfrog has no clinical basis for UMC’s results."

While UMC ranked last in the area, some earned A's including St. Rose's Rose De Lima Campus and Desert Spring Medical Center.

Teressa Conley, CEO of the Rose De Lima Campus, says it really boils down to teamwork among the staff. “They're very enthusiastic, very motivated and they really want to do the best work they can,” Conley said.

Desert Springs CEO Sam Kaufman says his hospital has a well-monitored intensive care unit, and has received various distinctions for its quality of healthcare.

“All of those things when you put it into the formula that Leapfrog uses, Desert Springs looks very good and we're very pleased with that,” Kaufman said.

Leapfrog acknowledged what it calls bright lights among Las Vegas hospitals. However, it says UMC needs to put patients first, and take a hard look at what it is doing wrong.

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