Leesburg, Va (October 29, 2015) – The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog, today announced that all five Inova hospitals, including Inova Loudoun Hospital, earned ‘A’ grades in the national patient safety ratings. Leapfrog grades hospitals based on errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“This is a terrific national validation of the work that our outstanding team of physicians, nurses and staff are doing,” said H. Patrick Walters, CEO, Inova Loudoun Hospital. “Our team works diligently to ensure that the services we provide are clinically excellent and safe. We promised our community excellent healthcare and we are focused everyday on fulfilling that promise.”
“Inova Loudoun Hospital’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Inova Loudoun Hospital and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
To see Inova Loudoun Hospital’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.