December 15, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Capital Regional is the only hospital in the region awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade a national distinction recognizing Capital Regional achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“This award is about our frontline nurses and physicians' commitment to our patients. Achieving this award three years in a row, demonstrates that our staff have been true quality champions in a year of unpredictable crisis. I am proud of how our team has delivered excellent care during historical COVID-19 challenges. Our hospital's sustainable excellence is only obtainable through our teamwork, focus, and special people,” said Trey Blake, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Capital Regional Medical Center.
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Capital Regional Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Capital Regional was awarded an ‘A’ grade, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2020 update. To see Capital Regional’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.