Thornton, CO — The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades to general acute-care hospitals in the nation. North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado was awarded the organization's highest grade - an "A" in patient safety. This A-rating for spring 2019 is the tenth consecutive A-rating that the hospital has received.
The Hospital Safety grades, ranging from A to F, rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, injuries, errors and infections. North Suburban Medical Center was the only hospital in the North Metro Denver area to receive an "A" for spring 2019 and for the previous year as well (Spring 2018 and Fall 2018). The A-rating marks a commitment to meeting the highest patient standards in the in the country.
"Patient care and safety of our patients is always top-of-mind for us," said Daphne David, president and CEO of North Suburban Medical Center. "This tenth 'A' marks five years of consistent top-ratings and is a reflection of a longstanding commitment by staff, physicians and hospital leadership to keep our patients at the center of everything we do."
Administered on behalf of employers and other purchasers, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the nation's only rating system focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is reviewed by a National Expert Panel and receives guidance from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.
Impressively, North Suburban has the strongest record of quality of any hospital in the North Denver Metro area and has received several other quality awards and recognition recently. In 2018, North Suburban Medical Center was awarded the Women's Choice Award for Emergency Services, attained a 5-Star Healthgrades rating for vaginaldeliveries, and was recertified for Stroke and Sepsis care by The Joint Commission. North Suburban also receive two A-ratings from the Leapfrog Group in 2018.
To see North Suburban's full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit the Leapfrog Group's website.