November 10, 2015
The Leapfrog Group gives top honors for consistent commitment to patient safety
Salt Lake City – November 10, 2015 — Three MountainStar hospitals were among only seven out of 22 Utah hospitals to achieve an “A” Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group. Mountain View Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center and Timpanogos Regional Hospital each achieved top honors in the group’s biannual update. An “A” grade recognizes exceptional performance in consistently meeting national evidence-based guidelines that ensure patient safety in U.S. hospitals when it comes to protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
Timpanogos Regional Hospital has earned the ‘A’ grade since Safety Score’s inception in the spring of 2012, and now has eight consistent top-tier scores to its credit. This is second year that Mountain View Hospital achieved the top safety score. Ogden Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Weber County to earn an “A” Safety Score in the Fall 2015 update.
“We are proud of the continued achievement of the Hospital Safety ‘A’ grade at three of our hospitals in Utah,” said Pam Bennett, vice president of quality and clinical operations at MountainStar Healthcare. “We congratulate our physicians, nurses and support staff on their teamwork, dedication and commitment to patient safety and quality care above all else.”
Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at MountainStar hospitals, including a multidisciplinary safety committee and participation in a Joint Commission project to reduce surgical site infections. Additionally, investments in technology like the HUGS infant security and computerized medication management systems further ensures safety.
“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the clinicians, staff, administration and board at Mountain View Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center and Timpanogos Regional Hospital for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”
The Safety Score uses 28 measures of public hospital safety data to determine a single letter grade. Each safety grade indicates how well hospital staff members protect patients from keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. In its Fall 2015 update, The Leapfrog Group assigned safety scores to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals:
- 773 earned an A
- 724 earned a B
- 866 earned a C
- 133 earned a D
- 34 earned an F
The Hospital Safety Score is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited recently in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine. It uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. The Safety Score methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.