Northside Hospital has been awarded a 'B' Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2019. This is a national distinction recognizing the hospital's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
"This rating is a testament to our team's dedication in putting our patients first. We will continue to strive for greater excellence in patient safety and hope to achieve an 'A' on the next Safety Grade. Most importantly, we pledge to honor the trust of our patients by being transparent about our progress and working toward the highest possible standards of safety," said Valerie Powell-Stafford, Northside Hospital, Chief Executive Officer.
"Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Every hospital can earn an 'A' grade, and we're proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm."
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see Northside Hospital's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grade site and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.