SVMC Earns 'A' Rating from Leapfrog
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), earned an 'A' for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.
The national distinction recognizes SVMC's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
"Safety is always at the forefront of our minds. This recognition is a reflection on the diligent professionals we have working in patients' best interests," said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO. "Our team of outstanding physicians, nurses, and support staff fulfill our mission to provide exceptional care and comfort each day. We're very proud of that."
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care. The organization is 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.
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 each year. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
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