WILKES-BARRE — After being named one of the Top Hospitals for Safety in the United States by the Leapfrog Group in December, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) has maintained its “A” rating in the group’s most recent report released today.
GWV is the only hospital in Luzerne County to receive the top mark and one of just 24 hospitals in the entire state of Pennsylvania.
In 2013, The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score graded 1,324 hospitals from “A” to “F”. To receive an “A” grade, GWV and other top-ranking medical facilities met stringent standards for delivering the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, adequately staffing intensive care units and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.
GWV exceeded all Leapfrog measures and was designated a “Best Performing Hospital” in 10 of the 15 process measures. Process measures include the structures and procedures a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors, accidents and injuries. GWV was deemed a Best Performing Hospital in the areas of nursing workforce, teamwork training and skill building and identification and mitigation of risks and hazards.
“To be recognized by outside organizations for our facilities’ dedication to safety and quality is a great honor, and the fact that our medical staff continued to provide an optimal environment for patients should be a true source of pride for all involved from physician staff to nursing, facilities management, housekeeping and so much more,” said Steven Pierdon, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president, GWV. “We will continue to seek improvements in the safety of our facilities and it is our hope that groups like Leapfrog will continue to recognize our patient-first focus on quality.”
According to Leapfrog, “a well-designed nursing workforce should have an effective nurse staffing plan, as well as administrative nursing leaders and governance boards that make staffing decisions, provide resources and take accountability for reducing patient safety risks related to nurse staffing decisions.” Identification and Mitigation of Risks and Hazards standards include a hospital’s ability to “continuously drive down preventable patient harm…identify patient safety risks and hazards, involve all levels of the organization, undertake activities to minimize harm and communicate patient safety information to the appropriate external organizations.”
Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton also received the top “A” grade.
The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the voluntary Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to produce the letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.