Tappahannock, VA – Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (RTH) received an A for safety in the annual Hospital Safety Score report. Riverside Health System's other hospitals – Riverside Regional Medical Center, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital – also earned A grades.

The survey, conducted by The Leapfrog Group, is designed to educate health care consumers about safety when choosing a hospital and to encourage hospitals to prioritize safety. The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve hospital safety, quality and affordability by promoting transparency.

"Earning an 'A' on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that a hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "I'd like to congratulate Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for their achievements."

About 31 percent of the 2,514 hospitals included in the report earned an A, about 25 percent earned a B, 37 percent received a C, and about 7 percent received a D or F.

Hospitals are graded based on 26 measures using data reported to The Leapfrog Group or to the annual American Hospital Association survey.

This year's safety grade is based on AHA's 2011 survey. Scores are based on incidence of preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Measures include computerized prescriber order entry, ICU physician staffing, surgical care measures, and infection rate. It also takes into account late-stage pressure ulcers, air embolism, falls and trauma, foreign objects left during surgery, death among surgical inpatients, accidental punctures or lacerations, and certain post procedure complications.

"We're excited to receive an A, and we're doing all we can to maintain quality and ensure patient safety at our hospital," said Kate Lim, Directory of Quality at RTH. "This report demonstrates to our patients that Riverside Tappahannock Hospital makes safety a priority. Patients can be assured that our hospital provides the highest level of care based on national quality standards."

"Since it's based on 2011 data, the report doesn't include the most recent measures RTH has taken to improve our patients' stay," she added. "The hospital started a Team Up For Safety initiative that launched last year. We embarked on this journey to reduce preventable harm as part of our commitment to caring for others as we would care for those we love."


To view Riverside Tappahannock Hospital's score, visit: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Published: July 5, 2013