November 08, 2018
MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes MountainView Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest patient safety standards in the United States.
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. The grades issued through the Leapfrog Group are a national comparison among hospitals meeting specific patient quality and safety standards.
The entire care team and physicians at MountainView take patient safety seriously. The leadership teams, which consist of the executive leaders and nursing directors, stay open-minded and dedicated to implementing initiatives that will ensure better patient safety.
“Our focus has been on working to decrease Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC), Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), and sepsis mortality,” says Harsha Dave, Vice President of Quality at MountainView Hospital. “We wouldn’t have been able to tackle these issues without everyone’s cooperation and clear communication.”
We value all of our team members and want to hear what they have to say. To open up the opportunity to bring up concerns, thoughts, and ideas, the leadership teams have put HAC rounding and executive leadership rounding into action. During these rounds, directors, managers, and executive leadership get to speak with employees, especially the front line staff, physicians and residents about safety concerns, like what’s working and what needs to be improved.
“The Leapfrog grade translates a lot of quality data into an easily recognizable score. It considers many quality measures and condenses them down to a single letter grade so our community can know our commitment to patient safety,” said Todd Isbell, Chief Nursing Officer. “I am very proud of the great teamwork and culture at MountainView. Everyone is very respectful yet critical, and I see that helps drive us to aspire for higher standards.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“Earning an A Hospital Safety Grade is a testament to the commitment to our culture of patient safety that every team member is a part of at MountainView Hospital,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “The grade A recognizes that MountainView, as a busy, acute-care teaching hospital, has achieved the highest ranking in patient safety and harm reduction strategies.”
“Our vision is to be the premier provider of exceptional care; this is one step on that journey,” Bradshaw said. “Achieving a letter grade score for a six-month period is not good enough. We have to work hard to maintain this rating for the months and years to come.”
MountainView Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see MountainView Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.