TCRH Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 1, 2017

Galax, VA, October 31, 2017 The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. 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. Twin County Regional Hospital was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“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 Dale F. Alward, FACHE, MHA, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare.

Agnes A. Smith, RN, MSN, 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 patient safety rounding
  • Bedside shift reporting
  • Safety learning boards

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Twin County Regional Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.” 

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.

To see Twin County Regional 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.

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 is the flagship of the Twin County Regional Healthcare delivery system, a Duke LifePoint Healthcare affiliate, centered on the mission of Making Communities Healthier®.  The hospital is located in Galax, Virginia, the center of the Twin Counties of Grayson and Carroll Counties in Southwest Virginia. 

Twin County Regional Hospital has been the anchor and the region’s leader of healthcare for 44 years offering services such as acute care, cardiac rehab/cardio direct, cardiology, cardiopulmonary services, diabetes education, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, gastroenterology, lab/lab direct, occupational health, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, sleep center, stroke center, surgical services, teleneurology, wellness center, women’s health and birthing center and many other services.

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 or find TCRH on Facebook.