Thursday, May 09, 2013 - Winchester Medical Center Earns "A" for Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group refreshed its Hospital Safety Scorecard yesterday and Winchester Medical Center was again awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Score. The A matches the score the group awarded WMC in November 2012. 


eapfrog is an independent, national nonprofit focused on hospital transparency. The A, B, C, D and F scores are assigned to 2,514 U.S. hospitals based on publicly available safety data.


Leapfrog uses a group of 26 measures on which to base each hospital’s grade. Of the 26 measures used to calculate the score, 15 are process or structure-related and 11 are outcome-based. Leapfrog uses several sources of data – the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, certain measures on Hospital Compare and AHA Annual Survey information.


“When 26 measures are included, it reflects well on everyone caring for a patient,” said Nicolas Restrepo, MD, WMC Vice President of Medical Affairs.  “Our ongoing safety focus is having an impact on patient outcomes and on the culture of the organization. Our front-line staff and physicians embrace patient safety and work together to identify and mitigate issues as they arise. Their commitment and vigilance is what keeps us at the top.” 


“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” added Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. 


WMC is one of 28 hospitals in Virginia to receive an A. Warren Memorial Hospital, also a Valley Health facility, did not receive a grade this six-month period due to a change in scoring criteria. As a result, no grade is listed on the Leapfrog site this time.  Warren did receive a “B” --reflecting above-average patient safety performance -- for the prior six-month period.  Valley Health’s remaining four hospitals – Hampshire Memorial Hospital, Page Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital – are designated as Critical Access Hospitals. The Leapfrog Group does not provide safety scores for Critical Access Hospitals.


Hospital data pertaining to preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections were compiled by The Leapfrog Group to produce a single score representing each hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe.


WMC has multiple complimentary safety initiatives, including Daily Safety Rounds and a Daily Safety Call. “These initiatives have heightened awareness and allowed the organization’s leadership to learn from those closest to the delivery of care about the challenges they face,” Restrepo says.


o see Winchester Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at


In 2012 a major national consumer publication ranked WMC #3 in Virginia for Patient Safety.