Takoma Earns 'A' In Hospital Safety Score
Takoma Regional Hospital has been awarded an “A” for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that grades hospitals on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
The hospital safety score uses 26 measures of publicly-available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical/medication errors.
The information is calculated under the guidance of a nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, including representatives from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University and others.
As a result of the review, Takoma also has been named a “Top Hospital” out of the nearly 1,200 hospitals that participated. Takoma has received an “A” from Leapfrog two years in a row, since the organization began giving out grades last year.
“The hospital safety score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said. “Hospitals like Takoma that earn an ‘A’ have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community. I congratulate Takoma for its safety excellence and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
Daniel Wolcott, Takoma’s president and CEO, said he is proud of this significant milestone. “The Leapfrog score is an important benchmark for gauging hospital performance,” Wolcott said. “Patients can make an informed decision about where to go for the best care. The Leapfrog Survey, which is strictly voluntary, is the gold standard in measuring performance. Our score reflects our commitment to be the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care.”
To see how Takoma compares to other hospitals, please visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, where a free mobile app is also available. Takoma is a member of both Wellmont Health System and Adventist Health System. Two other Wellmont hospitals – Bristol Regional Medical Center and Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport – also received high marks. Bristol Regional received an “A,” while Holston Valley was given a “B.”
According to a study published by the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in 2008, hospitals that report to Leapfrog are better in process and quality, and have lower mortality rates.
Launched in 2000, Leapfrog is an initiative driven by organizations that buy health care and who are working to ensure breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. Leapfrog promotes transparency by publishing results of the Leapfrog hospital survey and the subsequent hospital safety score.