Tappahannock, VA -Riverside Tappahannock Hospital received an A for safety in the annual Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries, and infections.

This is the sixth major quality award that RTH has received in the past twelve months.

"We're excited to receive an A again this year since we have been doing all we can to maintain quality and ensure patient safety at our hospital," said Kate Lim, Director of Quality at RTH. "Patients can be assured that our hospital provides the highest level of care based on national quality standards."

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leah Binder, president &CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for achieving an "A" and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority."  

John Peterman, Vice President and RTH Administrator, agreed on the importance of quality recognition. "There are many options when choosing healthcare and this is one way for patients and their families to evaluate the care that they can expect to receive at hospitals in the area. We're happy to be able to tell the story that you can get safe, high quality care close to home. We embarked on this journey to focus on patient safety as part of our commitment to caring for others as we would care for those we love."

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, 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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To see how Riverside Tappahannock Hospital's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org . Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of t he Hospital Safety Score app.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
Hospital Safety Score

Published: June 25, 2014