today announced that it earned The Leapfrog Group's highest rating for
hospital safety -- an "A" grade -- that places the Kirkland-based
hospital and healthcare network among the top-performing medical centers
in the nation for its patient-safety standards.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization and advocate
for hospital transparency, assigns letter grades from A to F to
hospitals throughout the country for their safety.
The Leapfrog Group compiles its annual Hospital Safety Scores based on
preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Scores
are compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on
patient safety and are intended to empower patients with information to
objectively evaluate local hospitals and make health care decisions for
themselves and their families.
"Absolute patient safety is the most important aspect of the
comprehensive care and service we deliver and we're honored to be among
the organizations receiving top marks from Leapfrog. Our physicians,
nurses, staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring our patients
receive the highest level of care and service. We constantly look for
ways to improve the patient experience through innovation and
breakthrough care," said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte.
EvergreenHealth has been previously recognized by The Leapfrog Group for
its work in improving hospital efficiency, accuracy and overall patient
safety across the organization, and for its success in reducing blood
The Leapfrog Group calculates Hospital Safety Scores by evaluating
publicly available safety data that details how often a hospital gives
patients recommended treatment for a given medical condition or
procedre, and considers the environment in which patients receive care.
Hospital Safety Scores also take patient outcomes into account in
determining final marks.
"Hospitals like this that earn an 'A' have demonstrated their commitment
to their patients and their community," said Leah Binder, president and
CEO of the Leapfrog Group.
EvergreenHealth's Leapfrog score complements several other recent safety
and quality achievements. Consumer Reports ranked EvergreenHealth
in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide and is named second in the
state of Washington for patient safety. Most recently, the organization
earned a nationally recognized Consumer Choice Award from the
National Research Corporation for the Puget Sound area. EvergreenHealth
has also received two consecutive HealthGrades Outstanding Patient
To compare EvergreenHealth's scores on a local and national level, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
To learn more about EvergreenHealth, visit www.evergreenhealth.com
or call the 24-hour Nurse Navigators and Healthline at 425.899.3000.
EvergreenHealth, a public hospital district and community-based
healthcare organization established in 1972, offers a breadth of
services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the
region. More than 950 physicians provide clinical excellence within more
than 80 specialties, including cardiac, oncology, surgical care,
orthopedics, a neuroscience institute, women's and children's services,
hospice care, pulmonary care, a sleep disorders center and home care
services. EvergreenHealth serves more than 400,000 residents in
its primary service area of northern King and southern Snohomish
counties with EvergreenHealth Primary Care, a network of primary and
urgent care practices, and its main hospital campus in Kirkland, Wash.
EvergreenHealth also provides emergency care at two sites; its main
hospital campus and the EvergreenHealth Redmond Medical Center. In
addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community
health outreach and education programs, anchored by EvergreenHealth
Nurse Navigators and Healthline, a 24/7 nurse consultation service. For
more information, visit www.evergreenhealthcare.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org)
is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of
large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in
the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The
flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their
contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The
Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the
Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently
operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
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