Virtua Scores Hat Trick in Patient Safety
Virtua’s three hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety for the third consecutive time in the latest rankings of the independent hospital watchdog, The Leapfrog Group.
“Virtua’s “A” grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of its clinicians and staff to protect its patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Virtua and all other “A” hospitals to preserve and renew their commitment to safety year after year.”
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 also garnered straight A’s last spring and in the fall of 2014.
"We are very proud that all of our hospitals have once again achieved ‘A’ ratings from the prestigious Leapfrog Group," said Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller, who 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.
The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 national performance measures to not only grade hospitals but also provide consumers with information they can use while choosing which hospital to go to for care. It is the first and only patient safety score to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety.
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.
About VirtuaAs one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, two ambulatory care centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with 287 physicians plus 87 additional practitioners, urgent care centers, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.