Story by: Kate Eller on April 29, 2021
Each of Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeThis national distinction recognizes each facility’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The four hospitals are Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital.* This is the fourth consecutive period (fall 2019, spring 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021) that the four hospitals have received an “A” grade.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harm to patients in their care.
“The hard work of our dedicated providers and employees, who consistently strive to deliver safe, high-quality care to our patients, is the reason each of our adult-service hospitals continue to get this ‘A’ ranking,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. “The past year has been a challenge for everyone in health care, but our team continues to put the safety of our patients – and each other – first when our community needs us the most.”
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Norton Healthcare shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see full grade details for each of Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
*Pediatric hospitals are not rated by The Leapfrog Group.
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