Swedish/Edmonds recognized with ‘A’ grade for patient safety
Swedish/Edmonds was honored last week with an ‘A’ grade in the Fall 2013 update to the national Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.
The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of all our caregivers at Swedish/Edmonds and the community we serve,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish/Edmonds.
“Patient safety and quality are top priorities at the hospital, and we are very pleased to see that our hard work is making a measurable difference.”
The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single grade representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores in Leapfrog’s Fall report.
“This recognition reflects the outstanding care physicians and staff do on behalf of the patients at Swedish/Edmonds every day,” said Bruce Williams, MD and chairman of the Swedish/Edmonds Quality and Safety Council.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) 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.
The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals.
The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.