November 28, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro is one of only four hospitals in Oregon to receive an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national health care quality improvement watchdog organization.
The national hospital safety report measures patient safety practices at over 2,600 hospitals and gives them letter grades ranging from “A” through “F.” Joining Tuality in the “A” category for Oregon hospitals are Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Providence Milwaukie Hospital in Milwaukie and Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. The report was issued Wednesday by the Washington, D.C.-based group.
The grade, or score, is based on a voluntary survey managed by Leapfrog, as well as 26 publicly available hospital safety data measures, including how often patients fall in hospitals, get central line-associated bloodstream infections, develop severe pressure ulcers, and have preventable complications from surgery.
The grade also measures how hospital staffers perform on antibiotic administration, if the hospital has good nursing leadership, the right level of intensive care unit staffing, and if it uses computerized physician order entry systems.
To receive an “A” grade, a hospital must rank in the top 25 percent in all of the data measures. Out of 31 Oregon hospitals to be ranked, four received “A” grades, 10 received “B” grades, 14 received “C” grades, two received “D” grades and 1 received an “F” grade.
“Tuality Healthcare has made it a priority to provide a safe environment for our patients,” said Manny Berman, Tuality’s chief operating officer and hospital administrator. “Results such as this Leapfrog Group evaluation helps substantiate our efforts.”
The goal of the report, according to The Leapfrog Group, is to highlight the best and worst hospitals in the country, which enables patients to make informed decisions about where to get care. The grades were calculated largely from 2011 data.
Of the 2,652 hospitals issued a safety score, 729 earned an “A,” 679 earned a “B,” and 1,243 earned a “C” or below.
The Leapfrog grading system was developed by a panel of healthcare quality experts, including doctors from the Harvard University School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins University.
To view all of the scores, go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org