December 16, 2019
All four LewisGale Regional Health System hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall, 2019, Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – a national distinction recognizing LewisGale’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safe healthcare. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization 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 general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harm to patients in their care.
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, and LewisGale Medical Center each received an “A” grade. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, only 33 percent earned an “A” grade for meeting some of the industry’s highest standards.
“I’m incredibly proud of our Medical Staff and team of LewisGale associates for their commitment to our patients, as well as for the care they provide – both of which result in continued strong patient satisfaction and improved health outcomes,” explains Dr. Steven Pasternak, an ER physician and Chief of Staff at LewisGale Medical Center.
Lance Jones, LewisGale Market President, says, “Our Leapfrog Grade A is further evidence of the quality of care we provide and our dedication to patient safety. When coupled with compassion and a dedication to providing the highest levels of quality patient care every day, they are hallmarks of the LewisGale name.”
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 per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”
For more details about LewisGale Regional Health System’s grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About LewisGale Regional Health System
LewisGale Regional Health System has 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 1 standalone ER, 2 regional cancer centers and affiliations with both employed and independent physicians. With 2,500 employees, its annual payroll is $236 million. The system also paid $36 million in taxes and provided more than $73 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2018 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information, see www.lewisgale.com
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.