TCRH Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 1, 2016

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. Twin County Regional Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“We are pleased with this high mark, which places us among the top tier of hospitals across the country when it comes to patient safety”, remarked Jon D. Applebaum, Chief Executive Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare.

Agnes A. Smith, Chief Nursing Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare emphasized, “While this is only one part of our quality story, critical to our success has been the support of our team and the implementation of a number of initiatives directly aimed at enhancing quality.” These include:

  • Executive safety patient rounding
  • Bedside shift reporting
  • Safety learning boards

“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.

To see Twin County Regional Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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 collects and transparently reports hospital 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.

About Twin County Regional Healthcare

Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH) is the flagship of the Twin County Regional Healthcare delivery system, a Duke LifePoint Healthcare affiliate.  The hospital is located in Galax, Virginia, the center of the Twin Counties of Grayson and Carroll Counties in Southwest Virginia.  Centered on the mission “to promote, preserve and restore the health of our community,” emphasizing excellent service, safety, quality and efficiency, Twin County Regional Hospital has been the anchor and the region’s leader of healthcare for over 40 years.  The hospital and the Twin County Physician Practices (Galax, Hillsville & Independence; Behavioral Health; Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT); Pain; Pediatrics; Surgery, Urgent Care and Urology) – continually develop and improve services as well as outreach programs in response to community need based on a foundation of teamwork, compassion and respect for all.  For additional information, please visit www.TCRH.org.