Floyd Medical Center recently earned an “A” grade on patient safety in recently published ratings put out by the Leapfrog group.
The twice-a-year hospital rankings from Leapfrog join a growing mound of information on the quality of care that has emerged in recent years. Leapfrog, assigns “A” through “F” grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on how they prevent medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The scores are calculated by patient safety experts, using publicly available data such as that from Medicare and the CDC. New research estimates up to 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors, according to Leapfrog, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
“We have a daily safety huddle attended by the chief medical officer and the chief nursing officer as well as other members of the executive team, where we address issues from the past 24 hours,” said Dr. Joseph Biuso, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Floyd Medical Center. “We have been doing that for the past three or four years with good results.” Floyd Medical Center has been using Checkist Boards in operating and procedure rooms for the past 4 years as well. John Quinlivan, Redmond’s chief executive officer, said his hospital works continually to improve quality, service, and patient safety.“This recognition is a direct reflection of our entire team at Redmond and their daily commitment to patient safety and providing the highest quality care to our patients.”