Whitesburg ARH Earns an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall Hospital Safety Score


The independent hospital watchdog, The Leapfrog Group, shows the strong commitment to patient safety has earned Whitesburg ARH Hospital an ‘A’ grade in its elite national ratings program that rates hospitals 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.

“Whitesburg ARH Hospital’s A grade is a powerful reminder of ARH’s 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 ARH 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. 

“Keeping our patients safe while they entrust their care to us is not something we take lightly,” stated Dena Sparkman, Whitesburg ARH Community CEO.  “This award is so meaningful to us, and I’d like to extend my thanks to our staff and providers for the excellent work they do in patient safety.”

More than 2,633 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2016, with 844 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.

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