HCA Virginia hospitals have been awarded an 'A' in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
"When it comes to serving our community, HCA Virginia hospitals continue to demonstrate excellence in patient safety practices and quality of care," said Elizabeth Mikula, R.N., vice president of quality of the HCA Capital Division. "I commend every member of our team whose efforts and professionalism made these achievements possible."
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.
"'A' hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "It takes genuine commitment at every level - from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors - and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A."
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.
To see the full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
Founded in 2000, the Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.
About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and four urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, four outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals - Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors', and Spotsylvania Regional.