Methodist’s Patient Safety Awarded “A”-gain by National Leapfrog Group
Just last month, Methodist was one of 20 hospitals (out of 64 in the state of Tennessee) to receive an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, ranking the hospital among the safest in the U.S. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually. This repeats Methodist’s “A” grade in previous rankings, which most recently included Leapfrog’s Fall 2018 release.
The designation recognizes Methodist’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“It is gratifying to be a part of an organization with such a long-standing track record of quality,” said Jeremy Biggs, Methodist Medical Center president and chief administrative officer. “To be among such an elite group of hospitals to have received this type of national recognition and validation is truly an honor.”
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 be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
“As with any honor such as this, it is the teamwork of our employees, volunteers and medical staff that make it possible,” continued Biggs. “At Methodist, along with all our Covenant Health sister affiliates, we strive every day to put the patient first in all aspects of care, but especially safety. It’s not just a pledge, it’s our promise.”
To see the full scores and to access patient tips related to hospital safety, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.