RRMC only Vermont hospital to receive an 'A' for Patient Safety from Leapfrog

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RRMC only Vermont hospital to receive an 'A' for Patient Safety from Leapfrog

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, something the hospital has received consistently since 2013! Rutland Regional was one of only 832 hospitals out of over 2600 nationwide, and the only hospital in Vermont, to be awarded an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“We are immensely proud to be among the group of hospitals recognized nationwide by the Leapfrog Group for patient safety,” said Claudio Fort, president and chief executive officer of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “To earn our 7th “A” rating in a row reflects how hard our staff works in fulfilling our promise to provide the best care possible to every patient, every day, every time.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.” 

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. acute-care hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

To see Rutland Regional’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 healthcare. 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. 

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest health care facility in Vermont with a medical staff of 256 physicians trained in 37 specialty areas. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

Source: Rutland Regional Medical Center 5.15.2019