The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox Medical Centers, all part of the Hawaii Pacific Health system, were among the 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for their commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.
“The safety of our patients and quality of care provided to them is our top priority,” said Art Gladstone, CEO of Straub and Pali Momi. “Recognition by organizations like The Leapfrog Group validates the hard work and effort of our physicians, nurses and staff on a daily basis to ensure our patients are cared for in the safest environment possible.”
“We are very proud to once again be recognized with an ‘A’ grade for the care we provide to patients at Wilcox,” said Jen H. Chahanovich, President & CEO of Wilcox Medical Center. “Our Wilcox team is committed to ensuring Kauai residents have access to quality, safe medical care, and this hospital safety grade shows our community that they can be confident in the care they receive here.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
To see the full grades for Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.