WellStar Paulding Hospital and WellStar Douglas Hospital are ranked among the safest hospitals in Georgia, according to a national patient safety watchdog. The Leapfrog Group released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades this fall. The report card assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. Among 72 hospitals to be reviewed in the state of Georgia, Paulding and Douglas hospitals were among 16 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking.
WellStar Douglas Hospital has consistently received high marks for the past five years. The hospital has put into place safety practices where physicians, nurses and team members communicate and collaborate to reduce patient risk.
“Our team works together to provide world-class healthcare to our neighbors, family and friends,” said Craig Owens, president of WellStar Douglas Hospital. “We treat our patients like family and adhere to best practices to achieve a safe environment.”
WellStar Paulding Hospital also received The Leapfrog Group’s highest mark this fall. The hospital opened a new state-of-the-art facility in 2014 and opened two new floors this fall. Some of the hospital’s safety features include infection prevention technology, patient rooms designed to prevent falls with no flooring transitions and a design that encourages patients and families to participate in patient care.
“When we designed the hospital, our goal was to make it the safest place for healing in the world,” said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. “Since opening the hospital, the community has truly embraced our mission. We are proud of the high level of care we are able to provide.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For a full list of hospital rankings, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments. For more information, visit wellstar.org.