Special Report to Blowing Rock News. November 12, 2016. BOONE, NC – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, 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., were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Watauga Medical Center was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“We are consistently working to ensure all who enter any of our facilities are safe from harm. It is great to have Watauga Medical Center recognized, once again, with an A for Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. I commend our staff on their outstanding work to keep patients safe,” stated Richard Sparks, President & CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 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.