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 third straight time that RTH has received an A Safety Score.

"We're excited to receive this A grade again since it reinforces that we are making steps in the right direction to maintain quality and ensure patient safety at our hospital," said Kate Lim, Director of Quality at RTH. "Patients coming to our hospital can be confident 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.

"We commend the 'A' hospitals, including Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, for helping us raise the standards of health care nationwide and demonstrating that they've made the well-being of patients a top priority," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

John Peterman, Vice President and RTH Administrator, agreed on the importance of quality recognition. "This is a great way for consumers to evaluate the quality of care 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've made an ongoing commitment to focus on patient safety as part of our mission to caring for others as we would care for those we love. It's satisfying to us and should be reassuring to the community that those efforts are paying off."

Developed 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 fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an "A" grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website, http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

Published: November 24, 2014