The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, Nov. 8 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.
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 its commitment to meeting the highest patient standards in the in the country. This also marks the ninth consecutive time that North Suburban Medical Center has received an “A” in patient safety.
“We take patient care and the safety of our patients very seriously,” said Daphne David, President and CEO. “This ninth A-grade 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 his year. In 2018, North Suburban Medical Center was awarded the Women’s Choice Award for Emergency Services, attained a 5-Star Healthgrades rating for vaginal deliveries, and was recertified for Stroke and Sepsis care by The Joint Commission. With the recertification in Sepsis care in 2018, North Suburban remains Colorado’s first and only hospital to attain Sepsis certification from The Joint Commission.
To see North Suburban’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
To learn more about North Suburban and it quality awards, please visit www.NorthSuburban.com/Quality.