The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, has released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2017. Henry Community Health was one of only 18 Indiana hospitals awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.
“This award is a testament to our staff and their focus on patient safety which is at the forefront of everything we do,” explains Brian Ring, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Henry Community Health. “From daily Safety Huddles to an organization-wide patient safety program, we continually work on process improvement initiatives to reduce medical/healthcare errors and other factors that contribute to unintended adverse patient outcomes,” Ring continued.
Henry Community Health has also been recognized in 2017 as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Analytics, a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by IVantage Health Analytics, and as a 100 Great Community Hospital by Becker’s Hospital Review.
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Henry Community Health for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Henry Community Health’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.