We have been recognized for our dedication to patient safety by being awarded an "A" grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
An 'A' grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“I commend you for your consistency in putting your patients first, and urge your continued vigilance in keeping your patients safe,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
We have participated in the multi-hospital Target Zero safety initiative since 2011 to elevate safety behaviors and practices. This initiative includes a daily safety call with leaders across the organization to create a forum where an open discussion is held to raise awareness and work toward resolution. Since the daily safety calls were implemented, our already outstanding safety performance has continually improved.
Investments in electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry and remote, electronic monitoring of all intensive care unit beds have also helped to advance safety at our facilities. We also promote safety through hourly rounding by bedside staff and rounding by hospital administrators to ensure patients and their families are satisfied with their care.