Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
HICKORY, NC – December 7, 2016 – New
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and
provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were
announced today by
The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC)
was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among
the safest hospitals in the country.
“This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our staff and
physicians to provide the safest, highest quality care to all of our patients,”
said J. Anthony (Tony) Rose, CVMC President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any
hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance
and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
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.
To see CVMC’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient
tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit
http://www.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.
ABOUT CATAWBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, NC, is the region’s
largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system serving the community
without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to serving as a
center for health education, wellness, preventive medicine and acute care.
CVMC received a fourth consecutive Magnet designation from the American
Nurses Credentialing Center in 2014 and is accredited by the American
College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. WomenCertified® has recognized CVMC with Women’s Choice Awards for America’s
Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience for six consecutive years, 2012-2016;
Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics in 2013-2016; America’s
Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013-2016; America’s Best Hospitals
for Bariatrics, 2016; and America’s Best Hospitals in Cancer Care
in 2014 & 2016. CVMC received the 2013, 2014 & 2016 Premier Inc. QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare recognizing its reduction in harm, mortality,
readmissions and costs and improvements in metrics for patient experience
and evidence-based care. For more information, please visit
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers,
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps
forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship
Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers
to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information
they need to make informed decisions. The
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals
based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves
and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.