May 15, 2019
Five hospitals in the MountainStar Healthcare network achieved an ‘A’ Safety Grade as assessed by the Leapfrog Group. Four of these hospitals have earned this top honor several times in a row. The spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide. An “A” grade recognizes exceptional performance in consistently meeting 28 national, evidence-based measures and protecting patients from preventable harm.
“The ‘A’ grade demonstrates how well we prevented medical errors, infections and injuries at our hospitals,” said Stephany Seuell, vice president of quality, MountainStar Healthcare “We greatly appreciate the physicians, nurses and support staff who consistently focus on providing quality care and keeping patients safe while ensuring optimal healing.”
These five MountainStar hospitals are among the top performers in Utah:
- Mountain View Hospital is among only a few in Utah to earn the top grade eight times in a row
- Lakeview Hospital accomplished its sixth consecutive ‘A’ grade
- Mark’s Hospital earned the highest grade three times in a row
- Timpanogos Regional Hospital now counts two ‘A’ grades from the Leapfrog Group
- Lone Peak Hospital earned its first ‘A’ grade since opening its doors about five years ago
Combined with a strong patient-first focus, physicians and nurses at MountainStar hospitals consistently follow specific protocols and utilize technologies to ensure quality and safety. In this way, medical teams across the healthcare network effectively protect patients from preventable harm and ensure safer care.
“The good news is that tens of thousands of lives have been saved because of progress on patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals don’t all have the same track record, so it really matters which hospital people choose, which is the purpose of our Hospital Safety Grade.”
The biannual Hospital Safety Grades recognize top performers in patient safety among more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. Utah is among five states nationwide with the highest percentage of hospitals that earned an “A” Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 study covered a reporting period for various performance measures ranging from October 2015 through 2018.
The Leapfrog Group Safety Grades were compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to educate themselves and their families. For more information including a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining Hospital Safety Grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.