Virtua Earns Distinction Again in Patient SafetyVirtua’s three hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety for the fourth consecutive time in the latest rankings of the independent hospital watchdog, The Leapfrog Group. Quality, commitment and dedication equal a formula for success and Virtua continues to combine the right ingredients.
“Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Leapfrog’s bi-annual Hospital Safety Score, which measures how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections, is becoming the gold standard for rating patient safety. Virtua’s hospitals in Marlton, Mount Holly and Voorhees continue to achieve straight A’s.
"We are extremely proud that all of our hospitals have achieved ‘A’ ratings for the fourth consecutive time from the prestigious Leapfrog Group," said Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller. He added that rigorous training and monitoring ensure patient safety from the simplest to the most technologically advanced procedures.
“This excellent rating is a much deserved recognition of the exceptional care and commitment Virtua physicians and staff provide every single day," Miller said.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.
To see how Virtua’s scores compare to hospitals across South Jersey, and throughout the country, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The site provides free mobile apps for Apple and Android devices, as well as consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones.
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 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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.