Top grade for patient safety

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New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital was one of 798 hospitals nationwide and one of only 17 in Georgia to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Patient safety is our number one priority,” Mike Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Newnan, said. “Our physicians, leadership, clinical and non-clinical staff are committed to continuously ensuring patient quality and safety are our highest priorities in the care they provide our community and we are proud to once again be recognized as a top-rated hospital.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

To see Piedmont Newnan’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org. For additional information about Piedmont Newnan’s quality measures, visit www.piedmont.org/quality.