An ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

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Provided by Novant Health UVA Health Systems

Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center have both been awarded ‘A’ grades for hospital safety as part of the fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group. This distinction recognizes the medical centers’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

Stephen Smith, M.D. is president and COO of Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center. “We are proud to have earned another ‘A’ grade in safety from the Leapfrog Group for Prince William and Haymarket Medical Centers,” he said. “This recognition demonstrates our organization’s culture of safety and the continued dedication of our physicians and staff in keeping our medical centers safe for patients.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Using The Safety Grade, it assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade twice per year to more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. The grade is based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

Ranked at number three, Virginia is one of the five states with the highest percentages of hospitals receiving ‘A’ grades for fall 2019. A top grade of ‘A’ helps patients assess the safety of a hospital: the higher the grade, the safer the hospital.

To see how the Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center scores compare nationally and locally, click here.


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