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New Safety Rating Gives A's to All Area Sentara Hospitals 

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Hospitals Honored for Providing Top-rated Safe Care in Virginia

Norfolk, VA (June 6, 2012) − Today, the new Hospital Safety Score was released grading more than 2,600 of the nation’s hospitals on patient safety. All Sentara Hampton Roads Hospitals—from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach—earned top scores for the safety of the care environment.

In Virginia, 58 hospitals were named in the report, and of those, seven Sentara hospitals achieved the highest grade of A for delivering safe care to patients.

"We've been on a journey to instill a culture of safety at Sentara for years, and we are seeing those results," says Gary Yates, M.D., chief medical officer for Sentara Healthcare. "We've blended the skills of dedicated people who embrace this culture every day with safety technologies like eICU, our electronic medical record Sentara eCare®, and enhanced pharmacy softwares.

"We are pleased to be honored with these ratings that demonstrate the patient safety culture at Sentara, but like most hospitals, we know this is a constant effort to improve care for our patients,” says Yates.

The Hospital Safety Score is based on recent publically available data tracking numerous patient safety measures. Developed by The Leapfrog Group to help patients and their families more easily interpret how safe the nation’s hospitals are, the score is a composite of measures weighted and combined to produce a single, consumer-friendly score published as a letter grade.

A complete list of 2012 Leapfrog Hospitals Safety Scores for all available hospitals is posted on a website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The site is open to patients and families, the public, and employers and other purchasers of healthcare. The report is limited to general hospitals.

Related Links:
Sentara Hampton Roads Hospitals
Sentara eCare®
The Leapfrog Group

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