Wythe County Community Hospital Nationally Recognized With An ‘A’ For the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 7, 2019

Wythe County Community Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction  recognizing Wythe County Community Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Being awarded an “A” by Leapfrog is a testament to our team’s dedication to our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Joseph Wilkins, Chief Executive Officer of Wythe County Community Hospital. “Daily we strive to provide care to our patients that is outstanding, reliable, based on evidence based practices, and delivered with love and integrity. As a team, we hold each other accountable for delivering care in this manner to protect our patients from preventable harm. We are grateful for Leapfrog’s recognition and we will continue our commitment to providing the highest level of healthcare to the communities that we serve.”

Grant Barraclough, Chief Nursing Officer of Wythe County Community Hospital stated, "We at Wythe County Community Hospital are very proud of the care that we provide to our communities.  We are committed to our patient to provide the best care possible. Each day we work to be better than we were yesterday. I'm excited for the future and the collaborative efforts between staff, physicians and our community members as we work to further our expectations and goals around our quality scores that Leapfrog publishes for us. We want our patients to be informed before they come to the hospital so they can have confidence in our care even before they enter our doors."

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Wythe County Community Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see Wythe County Community Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.