FORT WAYNE, IND. – NOV. 10, 2021 – Five Parkview Health hospitals received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021.
The “A” grade was awarded to Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and Affiliates, which includes Parkview Hospital Randallia; as well as Parkview DeKalb Hospital; Parkview Huntington Hospital; and Parkview Whitley Hospital. Parkview Noble Hospital was awarded a “B” grade. The national distinction recognizes the hospitals’ achievements in protecting patients from harm or error.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
This is the first “A” grade for Parkview Huntington Hospital and Parkview Whitley Hospital, which were previously not eligible to receive a grade based on patient volumes. The fall 2021 grading period also marks the fifth consecutive “A” for PRMC and Affiliates, and the third consecutive “A” for Parkview DeKalb Hospital.
A Safety Grade was not calculated or reported for Parkview LaGrange Hospital or Parkview Wabash Hospital because the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade does not assess critical access hospitals.
“No matter their size, all of Parkview’s hospitals are focused on creating a safe environment as part of our focus on delivering value to our patients,” said Jeffrey Boord, MD, MPH, chief quality and safety officer, Parkview Health. “A safe environment is critical to creating better patient outcomes, a better patient experience and a lower overall cost of care. We’re proud of the efforts of all our hospitals in making our facilities safer every day.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Parkview Health for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
To see full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.