Granville Health System Receives an "A" in Quality & Patient Safety

6/26/2017

OXFORD, NC (June 26, 2017) – Granville Health System (GHS) recently announced the hospital has been awarded an “A” rating in quality and patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. The safety grade is calculated by top patient safety experts and is peer-reviewed. The information is fully transparent and free to the public. Granville Health System is one of the select hospitals, out of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals, to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

Specifically, Granville Health System received excellent scores in the areas of infection control, preventing complications from surgery and medication errors, avoiding patient safety issues, ensuring the timely response of hospital staff to patient needs, and communication with patients from both doctors and nurses.

“Granville is pleased to be recognized in the areas of quality and patient safety,” said L. Lee Isley, PhD, FACHE, CEO of Granville Health System. “Receiving an ‘A’ safety rating acknowledges the long-standing commitment to quality and performance set in place by Granville Health System’s Board of Trustees. It’s also a testament to the hard work of our medical staff and employees, as they consistently deliver a high level of quality care and continue to focus on the health and safety of the community we serve.”

Over the past decade, GHS has established a strong focus on quality and safety, having been recognized through a number of initiatives and collaboratives. The NC Quality Center named Granville Health System a Top 10 Quality Hospital for outstanding performance over a 3-year initiative in patient safety and quality improvement. The System was one of the top 10 performing hospitals in the 116-member North Carolina / Virginia Hospital Engagement Network. In addition, GHS has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

“The safety of our patients and quality of care provided to them is our top priority,” said Richard J. Pacca, M.D., GHS Chief of Medical Staff. “Recognition by organizations like The Leapfrog Group validates not only the hard work and effort of our physicians, nurses and staff; it also showcases the expertise our organization has developed in providing the safest environment possible for patient care.”

In fact, GHS has been identified in the past as subject experts in terms of quality and patient safety. Partnership for Patients, a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care, named GHS as one of the nation’s leaders in preventing infection rates and readmissions. This recognition was based on the work of GHS staff in the prevention of 10 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and their low rate of readmissions.

The national leadership team from the Partnership for Patients went on to name GHS as a mentor hospital. The group invited GHS to provide expertise for other hospitals on preventing HACs and readmissions at regional and national events. GHS provided support, advice and clinical knowledge to hospitals seeking to lower their rate of HACs and readmissions through virtual webinars and on-site education sessions.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the Granville Health System staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their system achieves an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

 

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 Granville Health System

For more than 97 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at ghsHospital.org.

 

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