Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Earns 'A' for Patient Safety
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has received an "A" ranking for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog which operates in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The hospital safety scores assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and aim to provide a complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system.
"Every one of Southwestern Vermont Health Care's 1,200 employees is tasked with patient safety," said SVHC's President and CEO Thomas A. Dee. "It is this team effort and the willingness to identify and resolve sources of concern that makes our hospital among the safest in America."
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, Clostridium difficile and MRSA. Consumer-friendly tips for patients are available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.