The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog group has released their latest Hospital Safety Scores, assigning letter grades to hospitals nationwide based on a 30 measures of publicly-available safety data. The grades of A, B, C, D or F are assigned twice a year to 2,500 hospitals across the US.
In Washington State, Overlake Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Virginia Mason Medical Center all received A grades for excellence in patient safety. These hospitals have earned “straight A’s” over the last three years, and are the only three in Washington State to do so (153 hospitals have earned this distinction nationwide).
The Hospital Safety Score was developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, which, for the first time, included five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.
“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance.”
“We are so honored and proud to receive this ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group for a third year in a row,” said Overlake CEO J. Michael Marsh. “Patient safety is our hospital’s top priority and this award demonstrates our commitment and consistency.”
Those who would like more information on how their local hospital ranks, or for information on the methodology behind the grade system, are encouraged to learn more at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/