For dedication to patient safety, Christiana Care has earned an A grade — the highest score possible — in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group, a national hospital safety watchdog.
This is the third consecutive time Christiana Care has earned the A grade. Christiana Care’s two acute-care hospitals, Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital, are the only hospitals in Delaware to receive this recognition.
Only about 31 percent of more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals received the A grade.
“Patient safety is our top priority at Christiana Care,” said Sharon Anderson, RN, BSN, MS, FACHE, senior vice president of Quality, Patient Safety and Population Health Management at Christiana Care. “This recognition belongs to the entire Christiana Care team — our doctors, nurses and staff — who dedicate themselves to providing expert, safe care that our patients value.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s panel of experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score. The grade represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. The Safety Score website provides past safety performance alongside hospitals’ current grade, allowing consumers to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
According to Leapfrog, the rating is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Safety 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.