Valley Health’s two largest hospitals, Winchester Medical Center
and Warren Memorial Hospital, have each earned another “A”
grade from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving
quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the first and only national health
care rating focused on errors, accidents and infections. The program has
been assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals
in the U.S. since 2012. The Hospital Safety Grade is designed to give
consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families
when expecting a hospital stay. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is
calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent
and free to the public.
Grady W. (Skip) Philips, III, Valley Health System Senior Vice President
and President of Winchester Medical Center, leads the hospital’s
organization-wide commitment to processes and practices that create a
culture of safety. “The Leapfrog “A” recognition truly
belongs to our patient care team — the physicians, nurses, pharmacists,
techs and others who work diligently every day to ensure the safety of
our patients,” Philips said. “Patient safety is at the heart
of what we do every day at Winchester Medical Center.”
Several years ago, under the direction of Nicolas Restrepo, MD, Vice President
of Medical Affairs, Winchester Medical Center pioneered patient safety
initiatives that have since been adopted at all six Valley Health hospitals.
Every morning and evening staff from each unit report any issues in a
brief Safety Call to heighten awareness among frontline staff and leadership
around patient safety. Safety huddles and rounding visits to the unit
are other ways that concerns are raised and problems are prevented or
“Our team works together quite well and it shows in the level of
care we provide our patients,” said Floyd Heater, Valley Health
Southern Region Vice President and President of Warren Memorial Hospital.
“By making safety an ongoing priority throughout the hospital, we
demonstrate our continued focus on meeting the healthcare needs of Warren
To see Valley Health’s scores as they compare nationally and locally,
visit the Hospital Safety Score website at
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.