Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth announced today that it has received an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group, a leading independent watchdog organization on hospital quality and safety. This is the fourth consecutive year that the health system has been awarded with Leapfrog’s “A” rating for patient safety, as part of its annual spring review.
“Our ‘A’ rating is a testament to the hard work of our physicians, staff and volunteers and their dedication to our patients,” said Jeff Tomlin, MD, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Across our health system we share a commitment to serving our patients, families and the greater community with high-quality, safe and compassionate care and service, and this recognition from Leapfrog is a reflection of that commitment.”
Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade report scores hospitals across the country, assessing how well they keep patients safe from errors, accidents and infections. The Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades report assigns letter grades – A, B, C, D and F – to general acute-care hospitals across the U.S. by using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. These measurements are compiled by The Leapfrog Group, CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the CDC and the American Hospital Association.
Of the more than 2,700 hospitals graded, 33% earned an A grade, 24% earned a B, 35% earned a C, 7% earned a D and less than 1% of hospitals earned an F. EvergreenHealth is one of only 15 hospitals in Washington to achieve an “A” rating this spring, according to Leapfrog’s latest Hospital Safety Grades report. The other hospitals to receive an “A” rating in Washington include Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but EvergreenHealth shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement towards a better health care system by improving the choices patients can make and preventing needless deaths. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was developed in 2012 under the guidance of a national expert panel and is calculated and peer-reviewed by top patient safety experts.
In addition to earning the top grade from Leapfrog, EvergreenHealth is named as one of Healthgrades’ “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” and was recently recognized in Newsweek’s “Best Hospitals 2021 – United States” list.
To learn more about Leapfrog’s full report, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.
EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
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