TEMECULA – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades in October. The safety grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Temecula Valley Hospital was one of 48 hospitals in California to receive an “A” three times in a row for its commitment to keeping patients safe and for meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
“We are very pleased that this is the third time in a row that we have received the ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said. “Receiving an ‘A’ demonstrates the commitment and high standards of care that our physicians and staff provide to the community. Patient safety is a very important priority to us at Temecula Valley Hospital.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ safety grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said. “We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of Temecula Valley Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
To see Temecula Valley Hospital’s full grade and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.