Derry, NH (April 24, 2108) – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Parkland Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. 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.
Parkland has received an “A” grade Hospital Safety Score in five of the six past grades and for three consecutive grades.
“Receiving the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ‘A’ grade for a third consecutive time as a national top performer in patient safety is a validation of the commitment our entire staff makes to the communities we serve,” said Jeff Scionti, CEO of Parkland Medical Center. “At the heart of this achievement is our dedicated physicians and staff who consistently implement best practices to ensure our patients receive safe, high quality care with the best possible outcomes.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”