GVMH received a score of “A” for patient safety according to a recent report by The Leap Frog Group. The Hospital Safety Score was released a couple of weeks ago for all hospitals that participate in publicly reporting data.
The Hospital Safety Score is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients. This score empowers patients to make informed decisions about the safety of their hospital care.
A hospital may have the best surgeons and greatest technology in the world, but unless it is preventing infections, and eliminating medical and medication errors and injuries, it is not delivering on a very basic premise: ensuring the safety of it’s patients. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm. “Harm” ranges from infections and acquired injuries (such as bedsores) to medication mix-ups and other errors, some potentially fatal. You can see your local hospital’s data page for information on the 26 measures that comprise its score.
GVMH received the highest score possible – “A” and it is also the highest score of all hospitals in the area.
Patient safety is a priority at GVMH and it shows. You can use this link to see scores for any hospital in the country. http://hospitalsafetyscore.org