TCRH Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

April 25, 2018

Galax, VA, April 24, 2018 The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Twin County Regional Hospital was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“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

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Twin County Regional Hospital’s full grade details, 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 over 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 many other services.

The hospital and the Twin County Physician Practices (Galax, Hillsville & Independence; Behavioral Health; Cardiology; Orthopedics; 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.