Nine Sentara hospitals have been recognized for their dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score.

9 Sentara hospitals earn A's for patient safety

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Nine Sentara hospitals have been recognized for their dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit organization, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. Six of these hospitals are also being recognized as “Straight A’s” hospitals for never receiving a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012 — a tremendous achievement.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel and many leading patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 United States general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. It is designed with the intent to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Fall 2015 “A” achievers include Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Obici Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara RMH Medical Center and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Obici Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center also earned the “Straight A’s” designation.

“Quality and patient safety are our number one priority at Sentara,” said Terry Gilliland, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Sentara Healthcare. “It is a part of our culture and our commitment to the patients and families that receive care across our system. We are very proud of our overall excellent performance as a system, as well as those hospitals in our system that are continuing to improve.”

To see details on the scores, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.