WCCH Receives an "A" for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide

November 7, 2017

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare rating organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms. Wythe County Community Hospital was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

Theresa Dix, Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital stated, “It is a great honor to consistently maintain our Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of A.  Wythe County Community takes pride in providing High-Quality Care by preventing harms, reducing infections and keeping outpatients safe. We follow our Mission of ‘Making our Communities Healthier’.”

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management, and staff of [YOUR HOSPITAL] for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”  

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


To see Wythe County Community Hospital’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. 

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 Wythe County Community Hospital

Wythe County Community Hospital is part of LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company dedicated to providing quality healthcare services close to home, Wythe County Community Hospital is a 100 - bed acute care hospital that serves the residents of Wythe and Bland counties, and is fully accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital offers 24-hour Emergency Care, Surgical Services, Extended Care Services, Intensive Care, Women's Services, Radiology Services, Rehabilitation Services, Hospice, Home Health, Cardiology, Respiratory, Cancer Services, Pastoral Care, Wound Care and Community/Occupational Education. For more information on Wythe County Community Hospital, visit www.WCCHcares.com