Title
EvergreenHealth Receives “A” Grade for Patient Safety
Date
10/31/2017
Article

Kirkland, Wash. – The Leapfrog Group, a leading national nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety, today announced that EvergreenHealth received an “A” for patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The health system is one of only 11 hospitals in Washington and 832 of 2,660 nationwide to achieve an A rating this fall.

image of Leapfrog "A" Grade award logo.“This recognition affirms the commitment of more than 5,000 employees, providers and volunteers to what we call our Community of Absolute Safety,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Ensuring our patients receive the safest care, with the best quality and most exceptional service, is at the core of what inspires us at EvergreenHealth—not so that we earn recognition; rather, so our patients have the best outcomes.”

Today, the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades were released, assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. Of more than 2,600 hospitals graded, 832 earned an A grade, 662 earned a B, 964 earned a C, 159 earned a D and 15 hospitals earned an F. In Washington state, 11 earned an “A” including EvergreenHealth’s partner hospital in the Eastside Health Alliance, Overlake Medical Center.

These bi-annual rankings are based on 27 quality measures compiled by the Leapfrog Group; CMS; The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the CDC; and the American Hospital Association. Areas of measurement include nurse communication, hand hygiene adherence and surgical site infection rates, among others. Rankings are calculated by top patient safety experts and peer-reviewed; they are also fully transparent and free to the public. Hospitals do not pay to be evaluated by Leapfrog nor can they opt out of the process.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit 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 records of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

See Leapfrog’s full report at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

For more information on EvergreenHealth’s commitment to absolute patient safety, please visit www.evergreenhealth.com/absolute-safety.


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About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 12 primary care practices, three urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014- 2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.

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