National Group Recognizes LewisGale Hospitals for Patient Safety Results

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November 08, 2018

All four LewisGale Regional Health System hospitals received top grades from The Leapfrog Group – a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization – for meeting and exceeding measures designed to ensure patient safety, it was announced today.
 
Leapfrog’s process assigns letter grades of A through F to hospitals nationwide annually based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other concerns. LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany and LewisGale Regional Medical Center each received an “A” grade and LewisGale Hospital Pulaski received a “B” grade. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, only 32 percent earned an “A” and just 24 percent earned a “B” for meeting some of the industry’s highest standards.
 
“It’s gratifying to see our continued focus on putting patients first reflected with these ratings from The Leapfrog Group,” explains Thomas Pentz, LewisGale Regional Health System’s interim president. “Our physicians, nurses, employees, medical staff leadership, and volunteers are committed to delivering the highest levels of patient safety possible, and that singular focus continues to result in better outcomes for patients.”
 
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign a grade to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, and fully transparent.
 
“We congratulate the clinicians, Board of Trustees, leadership, and staff of LewisGale Regional Health System for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
 
For more details about LewisGale Regional Health System’s grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.com.
 
About LewisGale Regional Health System
The LewisGale Regional Health System includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers, 1 standalone ER, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with both employed and independent physicians. With 3,000 employees, its annual payroll is $236 million. The system also paid $32 million in taxes and provided more than $73 million in uncompensated care to those most in need. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information, visit www.lewisgale.com.
 
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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.