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Sierra Vista Earns 'Straight A's' for Patient Safety

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital have been recognized for their dedication to patient safety after both were awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. The hospitals are also being recognized as “Straight A” hospitals, as neither has ever received a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012. Only 182 hospitals in the nation have achieved this status.

An A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in theJournal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Sierra Vista and Twin Cities’ achievement of Straight As validates their achievement in preventing harm within the hospitals, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Sierra Vista and Twin Cities and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently working to provide a safe environment for care.”  

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.