Piedmont Mountainside Earns Top Grade for Patient Safety for Seventh Straight Period
11/8/2018 ~ by John Manasso
For the seventh consecutive grading period, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital was awarded an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Piedmont Mountainside’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization 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 hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
“At Piedmont, we always put patients first and, accordingly, patient safety is our highest priority,” said Denise Ray, CEO of Piedmont Mountainside. “The fact that Piedmont Mountainside has earned an ‘A’ grade every term dating to fall 2015 is a testament to the quality of care and service that our providers and employees deliver. Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grades help people make informed decisions when choosing where to seek medical care. Earning this top grade demonstrates our continued commitment to making a positive difference in every life we touch.”
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Piedmont Mountainside that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Piedmont Mountainside was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Piedmont Mountainside’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.