For the first time, Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has scored an ‘A’ rating on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score Survey.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the “gold standard” for comparing hospitals’ performance on the top 28 national standards used to determine safety, quality and efficiency, which are most important to consumers of hospital care. Each A, B, C, D or F rates how well the hospital protects patients from errors, injuries and infections. The highest grade Adena had received previously was a B, in 2013.
“Adena Regional Medical Center’s ‘A’ grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of Adena’s clinicians and staff to protect their patients. Families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Adena and all other A-rated hospitals to preserve and renew their commitment to safety year after year.”
Adena was one of 2,530 U.S. hospitals to be graded in the Survey, and among 773 earning an ‘A’ (the number of A-rated hospitals is down from 782 in spring 2015). The data collected to determine the fall 2015 Safety Score covers a time period from mainly Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014.
“Earning an ‘A’ means Adena is among an elite group of institutions that have selected safety as a differentiator,” said Rhett Holland, Adena’s Interim Director of Quality. “Adena’s ‘A’ is a deserved recognition of our hospital's commitment to quality and patient safety, by one of the most respected independent ratings organizations in the U.S.”
The positive results coincide with ARMC’s increased protocols, which are highly focused on quality and safety.
“For the past few years, we have intensified our efforts toward delivering the best quality and enhanced safety when it comes for the care we provide for our patients,” said Adena President and CEO Mark Shuter. “The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score demonstrates this commitment by our caregivers is making a difference.”
Achieving success has been a deliberate and dedicated effort within ARMC. The Quality staff has continually worked with Nursing, physicians, and leadership to improve its scores in the following areas: computerized physician order entry; evidence-based high risk referrals; maternity care; ICU physician staffing; safe practices scores; managing serious errors; bar code medication administration; and resource use for common acute conditions.
While progress made has resulted in an ‘A’ grade, Adena’s Quality Team continues to remain diligent in its efforts toward improvement. Holland added, “We have identified areas that still need some improvement, and we will continue to move forward, driving quality and safety first.”
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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.