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.

Bristol 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.