HOSPITALS: HAVENS OR HAZARDS
Leah Binder, President of the Leapfrog Group, and Gabrielle Redford discuss hospital safety.
Guests: Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group; Gabrielle Redford, Editorial Project Manager for "AARP the Magazine"; Gerald McClinton, Son of hospital malpractice victim. Although a hospital's primary role is to care and provide for its patients, it is estimated that preventable hospital mistakes contribute to over 180,000 American deaths every year. The staggering number has led many institutions to rethink safety implementation in the hopes of reducing the chance of a mishap. Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center, a leader in hospital safety who was recently voted safest hospital of the decade by the Leapfrog Group, began its climb to safety perfection after the preventable death of one of its patients. We are joined in the studio for a panel discussion by Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, and Gabrielle Redford, Editorial Project Manager for "AARP the Magazine." Our guests share with Lark the Leapfrog Group's criteria for its Hospital Safety Score, as well as giving us a scope of the problem on preventable deaths in hospitals. We also speak with Gerald McClinton, whose mother died from an avoidable mistake at Virginia Mason, and whose death became a positive catalyst for change. Segment 3: The Poll - Whom Do You Trust?