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CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

ROSEBURG,OR October 31, 2017The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.


“We are honored to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group with an “A” rating,” states Kelly C. Morgan, Mercy’s president and CEO.  “This achievement reflects the commitment of our staff and the community medical providers to both our Mission and to continuous improvement. Our daily goal is to ensure that we deliver the highest quality and safest care for our community members.”


 “It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Mercy Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”


Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


To see CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.


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 health care. 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. 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.


About Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center was started with a $12,000 gift from the Roseburg community. That is the sum the Sisters of Mercy raised to construct Roseburg’s first hospital. The 25-bed Mercy Hospital was dedicated on Feb. 22, 1909, just four months after construction began. It was built on the banks of the South Umpqua River where ADAPT currently stands.


Mercy has grown into a sophisticated 174-bed medical center with advanced technology and a continuum of services to ensure Douglas County residents have access to state-of-the-art healthcare without having to leave town.


Today more than 1,000 talented and dedicated employees and 200 compassionate and giving volunteers work throughout Mercy Medical Center. It is their commitment that has helped Mercy become one of the country's most highly rated hospitals for quality.

Mercy and Costco Present 3rd Annual Safety Day for Kids

CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center’s ER and Trauma Department and Costco Wholesale have partnered together again with local community medical providers to present the 3rd Annual Safety Day for Kids on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Costco’s Parking Lot.


This year’s Safety Day will feature a Haz-Mat truck, fire truck, marine patrol boat, ambulance, life-flight helicopter, forest fire truck, K-9 unit, an interactive dental learning lab, 9-1-1 dispatch services, Wildlife Safari, educational stations and activities.


“We are so excited to continue our collaboration with Costco and our community emergency services and other medical teams to bring safety tips to families during summer time,” said Bubba Petty, Mercy’s interim Trauma Team Coordinator. “Keeping our local children healthy and safe is important to Mercy and our Douglas County partners and we are here to help in any way we can.”


The event is free for all ages and supported by Bay Cities Ambulance, the City of Roseburg Fire and Police, DFPA, Douglas County Sheriff and Dispatch, Evergreen Family Medicine, the Healthy Kids Outreach Program, The News Review, Operation Lifesaver, The Optimist Club, REACH Air, ServPro, UCAN Head Start, Umpqua Community Health Center, UP2USNow Child Abuse Prevention, and Wildlife Safari.


For more information contact Mercy Communication Representative, Sarah Baumgartner, at 541-677-4308 or visit our Facebook event page at:


Mercy Foundation Awards Lance Michael Emmons Music Scholarships to Local Students

Mercy Foundation, and members of the Stapleton family recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four local high school students who share Lance’s love of music.


“Music has played such a huge part in all of our lives; whether it was playing the piano at home, attending concerts and shows or performing on stage,” says Lisa Platt, Mercy Foundation president.” Lance’s family wanted to celebrate his life and his love of music, so they created the Lance Michael Emmons scholarship to help local students with a passion for music pursue their academic goals.”


Students include Katelyn Andersen who received a $4,000 scholarship and plans to attend the University of Oregon; Sean Brennan who received $3,000, also plans to attend the University of Oregon; Tristan Aldous received $1,500 and is headed to Western Oregon University and Logan Wood received $1,500 and he plans to attend Harding University.


For more information about the Lance Emmons Scholarship, please contact Lisa Platt at 541.677.4818.

Mercy Foundation Receives Generous Melvin Federlein Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Gift for Hospice

Mercy Foundation has recently received a generous gift from the Melvin Federlein Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), in the amount of $10,500 to support local hospice care. The grant will be used to support Mercy’s hospice programs.


Mercy Hospice offers comfort, dignity and quality care to individuals and families facing life-limiting illnesses. The focus of hospice care is not to cure disease but rather to keep pain and other symptoms controlled. Mercy Hospice offers many specialized services designed to improve the quality of life for our patients.


“We so appreciate the ongoing support of the Federlein Fund through the Oregon Community Foundation for our hospice patients,” states Lisa Platt, Mercy Foundation president.


For more information about this grant or Mercy’s hospice services, please contact Kathleen Nickel, Director of Communications, 541.677.2423.


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