Takoma Regional Hospital has earned an “A” for its hospital safety score, according to the national Leapfrog Group.
Takoma is one of only three hospitals in the Tri-Cities to receive the highest mark, according to Daniel Wolcott, Takoma’s president and CEO. “Joining us are Holston Valley and Bristol Regional,” Wolcott said. “Interestingly, all three are part of the Wellmont Health System family.”
Takoma is also part of Adventist Health System.
The grades were given by the Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit organization that promotes transparency and value-based hospital incentives. “A” is the safest score, with “F” being the worst.
Takoma scored an “A” based on survey information provided on 26 patient safety measures that focus on medical errors, medication errors, patient injuries and infections. Other well-known centers of excellence, including the Mayo Clinic, also received an “A.”
The Hospital Safety Score was developed using nationally available publicly reported data, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey data.
“Hospital participation in this survey is voluntary,” Wolcott said. “We participated because our goal is to provide world-class health care and patient safety right here in Greeneville. This analysis helps us compare ourselves with other top-performing hospitals nationally.”
This is the first time that hospitals have been given letter grades based on their performance on hospital safety measures. More than 2,600 U.S. hospitals were graded, with most hospitals – 1,243 -- earning a “C” or below.
Healthcare consumers who want to see how hospitals ranked can visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.