Putnam Hospital gets an ‘A’ for patient safety, again

Putnam Hospital main entrance

5/16/2022

Six consecutive A’s! Putnam Hospital is honored to be among a small group of elite hospitals to earn an A safety grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality, safety and transparency.

 

“This is a nationally recognized score indicating the efforts a hospital puts forth to keep patients safe each and every day,” hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “This is a true validation of the many efforts made by all the staff at Putnam Hospital in the pursuit of a high degree of patient safety.”

 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to nearly 3,000 hospitals across the country based on more than 30 measures of patient safety, including avoiding harm, preventable infections, medication safety, surgical volumes and more. The grade is updated every six months in the spring and fall.

 

Since the fall of 2019, Putnam Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, has been assigned the distinguished A grade six times in a row based on its ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

 

Patient safety is a process, not a singular event. At Putnam Hospital, an important practice implemented is a daily safety huddle involving departments across the facility to ensure safety issues are identified and addressed in real time.

 

Leapfrog’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public at hospitalsafetygrade.org.


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