Wellmont Hospitals Continue To Excel In Patient Safety
Scores From National Organization
Wellmont Health System
hospitals continue to receive solid scores from a national organization that
evaluates facilities for their measures to ensure patient safety.
Regional Medical Center and Takoma
Regional Hospital in Greeneville received “A” grades from The
Leapfrog Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes
transparency and value-based hospital incentives. Holston
Valley Medical Center in Kingsport received a “B.”
“These are outstanding scores and reflect Wellmont’s
commitment to provide a safe healthcare environment so patients can focus on
healing,” said Tracey Moffatt, chief operating officer. “We welcome this
external review so that we can maximize our processes to ensure patients remain
safe in our hospitals. It’s our No. 1 priority.”
Moffatt said Wellmont’s hospitals will not rest on their
laurels but use this recognition as motivation to continue looking for ways to
enhance the patient experience.
The Leapfrog Group’s evaluation, called the Hospital Safety
Score, is based on survey information provided on 26 patient safety measures.
Bristol Regional, Takoma Regional and Holston Valley received exceptional
scores for their leadership structures and systems, risk and hazard
identification and mitigation, nursing workforce and antibiotic usage.
Bristol Regional and Holston Valley were also touted for
their physician staffing in the intensive care unit, and Takoma Regional earned
a tremendous mark for its computerized provider order entry system.
“Information from The Leapfrog Group is just one of many
measures for evaluating the quality of health systems and is valuable in
guiding our operations,” Moffatt said. “We use data from a variety of sources
to develop a broad perspective of our hospitals and other Wellmont facilities
so we can enrich the level of care we deliver to our patients. We are always on
the lookout for even better methods to help those entrusted to our care.”
Consumers who want to see how hospitals ranked can visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.