Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Monday July 8, 2019
The Leapfrog Group released in May its spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades. Twice a year, Leapfrog surveys how hospitals are working to keep their patients safe by assessing preventable errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. Fort Washington Medical Center remains committed to transparency, which is why leaders elected to participate in the voluntary ratings program since 2017.
This grading period, FWMC received a C grade. The score is less than .08 points away from maintaining its B grade, which the hospital received in the previous grading period – fall 2018.
Despite the overall grade, FWMC is maintaining maximum Leapfrog scores, and in some cases, scoring better than the Leapfrog mean. Overall, FWMC is sustaining a low number of risks and hazards, demonstrating excellent hygiene, presenting a culture of safety and intervention, and decreasing post-operative occurrences, among other improvements.
While the hospital fell below expectations this grading period, leaders remain positive about the direction in which they are moving at FWMC. This year alone, leaders have made significant improvements to keep patients safe.
- Developed an Interdisciplinary Patient Experience committee.
- Implemented a nurse-driven performance improvement project to address bar code medication administration. To date, there has been a 55% improvement in scanning rates.
- Executed the “Good Catch” Program to encourage voluntary error reporting.
- Hosted a series of seminars featuring patient safety and improvement advocates such as Sorell King and Carol Brady, JD.
The grade is based on data submitted by the hospital in 2017 and 2018. Fort Washington Medical Center remains committed to advancing in every area of patient safety. The commitment and hard work are showing up through the numerous awards and recognitions the hospital has received in recent years.