Riverside Health System Earns “A” in Patient Safety Performance from The Leapfrog Group

May 03, 2023

Today, Riverside Health System is proud to announce that Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg (RDHW), Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC) and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital (RWRH) have been nationally recognized for earning top safety marks and have each earned an “A” for patient safety performance in the Spring 2023 Hospital Safety Grade Scores by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. 

The Leapfrog Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety. Their Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country. The Grade uses up to 31 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and information from other supplemental data resources. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. 

“These nationally awarded safety scores recognize the Riverside team’s continued dedication to making procedural and quality improvements to provide compassionate and safe care to our patients in their time of need,” said Mike Dacey, CEO and President of Riverside Health System. “This momentous achievement is truly a collaborative effort to keep patients at the heart of what we do — caring for others as we would care for those we love.”

As part of its ongoing improvement, Riverside facilities continued to focus on the implementation of evidence-based best practices published in medical literature and recommended by nationally recognized organizations, such as the National Quality Forum, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Preventable complications have been significantly reduced, and patient experience surveys are showing improvement. 

“Riverside Regional Medical Center, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital collectively see thousands of patients daily,” said Terry Sievers, MS, RN, Senior Vice President, Quality at Riverside Health System. “For our acute care facilities to be recognized for their dedication to patient safety, at all levels, is an incredible achievement. We are proud of the work at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital (RSMH) in earning a Safety Grade of “B.” Riverside puts our patients at the center of all we do to ensure the safest, high-quality care for every patient, everywhere, every day.” 

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