DERBY - Griffin Hospital, of Derby, CT, received its fifth consecutive “A” grade from a national patient safety organization this fall, ranking it amongst the safest hospitals in the United States.
Griffin was one of six hospitals in the state and 844 in the country to receive the top mark in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S.
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals in the spring and fall of each year. The scoring methodology was developed by top patient safety experts, has been peer-reviewed, is fully transparent, and free to the public.
Griffin is the only hospital in the state to achieve the “A” grade in the last five consecutive reporting periods.
“At Griffin Hospital, we are committed to providing an exceptional patient experience which includes safe, high quality care,” said Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel. “We are honored to be recognized for an industry leading level of patient safety and care effectiveness, and I’m grateful to all Griffin caregivers who contribute to our culture of high reliability and patient centered care.”
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
To see Griffin Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in hospitals, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other healthcare purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers 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.
About Griffin Hospital
Griffin Hospital is a 160-bed acute care community teaching hospital serving more than 130,000 residents of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Region. Griffin Hospital also serves as the flagship hospital for Planetree, the global leader in advancing patient-centered care, and has received national recognition for creating healthcare facilities and approaches to patient care that are responsive to the needs of patients. Griffin Hospital has been recognized for having industry-leading patient experience ratings and has received numerous quality and clinical excellence awards. It is the only Connecticut hospital recognized four times by the Joint Commission as a "Top Quality Performer" on key quality measures.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)