Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - Valley Health Hospital Earns Top Grade for Patient Safety

Winchester Medical Center Awarded “A” by Hospital Safety Group 
Winchester, Va., October 23, 2013 - The Leapfrog Group refreshed its Hospital Safety Scorecard today and Winchester Medical Center was again awarded an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score. The A matches the scores the group awarded WMC in November 2012 and May 2013. 
Leapfrog is an independent, national nonprofit focused on hospital transparency. The A, B, C, D and F scores are assigned to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals based on publicly available safety data. 
Leapfrog uses a group of 28 measures on which to base each hospital’s grade. Of the 28 measures used to calculate the score, 15 are process or structure-related and 13 are outcome-based. Leapfrog uses several sources of data – the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, certain measures on Hospital Compare and AHA Annual Survey information. 

“When 28 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.” 
“The ‘A’ hospitals, including Winchester Medical Center, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” added Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. 

WMC is one of 31 hospitals in Virginia to receive an A. Warren Memorial Hospital, also a Valley Health facility, received a ‘B’ --reflecting above-average patient safety performance. 

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. 
To see Winchester Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at
Winchester Medical Center’s recent recognitions include: 
• Ranked #5 in VA and #1 in the Shenandoah Valley by U.S. News & World Report (high-performing in 9 specialties) (2013) 
• Named a HealthStrong Top 100 Hospital (2013) 
• Consumer Reports’ Patient Safety Recognition with 3rd highest score in VA (2012) 
• 3-star rating (the highest score possible) for coronary artery bypass grafting from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2013) 

Winchester Medical Center, a 445-bed regional referral facility in Winchester, Va., is the largest of the six hospitals that comprise the not-for-profit Valley Health System. For 110 years Winchester Medical Center has been a magnet for specialists who provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services to a tri-state area of more than 400,000 residents. WMC is a designated Chest Pain Center, Trauma Center, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, Level 4 Epilepsy Center, and Stroke Center. For more information, visit