As hospitals across the country manage increasing patient admissions, safety continues to be a point of emphasis. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare rating organization, has released its fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades and Top Hospitals designations, highlighting the facilities across the country that have excelled in providing safe, high-quality care.
More than two dozen AdventHealth facilities earned an “A” grade in the latest Hospital Safety Grade’s release. The Hospital Safety Grades assign hospitals across the country a grade based on performance related to preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harms to patients in their care. To issue grades, The Leapfrog Group uses 27 measures of publicly available data focused on hospital safety and rates more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals across the country two times per year.
In addition, The Leapfrog Group also awarded its Top Hospitals designation to a dozen AdventHealth facilities. Regarded as one of the most competitive hospital awards in the country, only 105 facilities received the distinction out of 2,200 that were under consideration. The recognition is given across four categories - Top Children’s Hospitals, Top General Hospitals, Top Rural Hospitals, and Top Teaching Hospitals.
“Safety and quality care have always been focal points for our organization,” says William Scharf, MD, executive clinical director of quality and safety for AdventHealth. “The emergence of COVID-19, however, has led to new and more stringent guidelines in addition to the robust safety protocols that were already present within facilities. In a year where we have all dealt with some unprecedented circumstances, I am proud of the way our hospitals have continued to prioritize the safety of our patients and the quality of care we deliver.”