Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes NCH’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.
“It is a great honor to achieve an “A” rating for a sixth consecutive time. It speaks to the culture we have built at NCH. A culture focused on creating and maintaining the highest standards in patient safety and healthcare quality,” said NCH Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Tom Oryszczak, D.O. “It is a testament to the commitment and dedication of all the people here at NCH, from our frontline clinical teams to our supporting staff. This really was, and continues to be, a collective effort of everyone in this organization whose mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve and to meet individuals’ healthcare needs.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of NCH for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
To see NCH’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.