EvergreenHealth Receives “A” Grade for Patient Safety
Kirkland, Wash. –EvergreenHealth today announced that it has again received an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a leading national nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety. The health system is one of only 15 hospitals in Washington to achieve an A rating this fall, according to Leapfrog’s latest Hospital Safety Grades report.
“Earning recognition from respected health care quality organizations, including The Leapfrog Group, is affirmation of the commitment and results achieved by our staff in providing safe, high quality care and service. We are grateful for the recognition, knowing that safety and quality are continuous journeys,” said Jeff Tomlin, MD, CEO of EvergreenHealth.
The Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign letter grades – A, B, C, D and F – to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded, EvergreenHealth was among the 33% that earned an A grade, while 25% earned a B, 34% earned a C, 8% earned a D and just under 1% of hospitals earned an F.
In Washington state, 15 of the 45 evaluated earned an A, including EvergreenHealth’s partner hospital in the Eastside Health Alliance, Overlake Medical Center and Clinics. EvergreenHealth has consistently earned recognition from Leapfrog for delivering high-quality, safe care since 2012, when the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was first established.
These biannual rankings are based on 28 quality measures compiled by The Leapfrog Group, CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the CDC and the American Hospital Association. Areas of measurement include hospital-wide safety concerns, nurse engagement and leadership, hand hygiene adherence and surgical site infection rates, among others. The rankings are calculated by top patient safety experts and they are peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Hospitals do not pay to be evaluated by Leapfrog nor can they opt out of the process.
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.
As an additional main initiative, The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade strives to help consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
“In stark contrast to 20 years ago, we’re now able to pinpoint where the problems are, and that allows us to grade hospitals. It also allows us to better track progress,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Encouragingly, we are seeing fewer deaths from the preventable errors we monitor in our grading process. We commend others who have joined us in the drive for transparency, including the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, which commits to public reporting of safety data, employers and payors, who put appropriate pressure on facilities to make performance data available, and hospitals that publicly report on their safety and quality.”
In addition to high scores from Leapfrog, EvergreenHealth is named as one of Healthgrades’ “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” and was recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s “2019 Best Hospitals” rankings, along with earning a five-star rating from CMS Hospital Compare. It was also named as 425 magazine’s “Best Hospital and Health System” in 2019.
See Leapfrog’s full report at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.