Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) was awarded an ‘A’ from
The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018
Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes CVMC’s efforts in protecting patients
from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health
care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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.
Eddie Beard, president and CEO of Catawba Valley Health System, said,
“Patient safety is not only the expectation of the people who choose
our organization for healthcare, it is the number one priority for everyone
working in our organization. We’re proud to achieve the highest
possible grade Leapfrog can offer, but we’re even more gratified
that this offers assurance to our community that we put the greatest effort
possible into keeping our patients safe.”
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals that
focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important
resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how
care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized
for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data
to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The
Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent,
and the results are free to the public.
CVMC was one of only 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall
2018 update of grades. This places CVMC among the top 15 percent of the
5,534 registered U.S. hospitals.
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.