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Winchester Medical Center Awarded "A" Grade by Hospital Safety Group

Winchester Medical Center Awarded

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, recently released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

Winchester Medical Center (WMC) earned an “A” grade for the fourth consecutive time and is one of 750 hospitals nationwide which earned the top grade.

The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. A total of 2,479 hospitals were rated in the latest round of Safety Grades.

"We are honored to again be recognized with an ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog,” said Grady W. (Skip) Philips, III, Valley Health System Senior Vice President and President of Winchester Medical Center. “Every WMC physician and employee plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of our patients. This collective mindfulness keeps us all focused on respecting each patient, identifying issues, and preventing harm. Leapfrog’s ‘A’ grade affirms our organization-wide culture of safety and journey to deliver high quality care for every patient, every time.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Winchester Medical Center’s full grade details, 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 Winchester Medical Center

Winchester Medical Center, a 455-bed regional referral center, is part of the not-for-profit Valley Health System, serving a population of more than 500,000 in northwest Virginia, West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, and western Maryland. Valley Health includes six hospitals, physician practices, regional medical transport, Urgent Care centers in six communities and a retail pharmacy.