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04.28.2016

UW Medical Center receives “A” for safety from Leapfrog Group

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University of Washington Medical Center has been named one of the safest hospitals in Washington state. It received an “A” grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group. Of the 44 Washington state hospitals evaluated, only 12, including UW Medical Center, scored top marks.

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score grades hospitals’ performance on 30 patient-safety measures, from infection prevention to handwashing to how well doctors communicate with nurses and other hospital staff. The scoring assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. The scores, published biannually since 2012 for hospitals across the country, are a resource for patients, their families and the public to learn about hospital safety.

"We are very proud of and thankful to all of our providers and staff for their tireless effort and commitment to keeping patients safe at our hospital,” said Dr. Christopher Kim, associate medical director for quality and safety at UW Medical Center and medical director of the Center for Clinical Excellence. “Improving patient safety at UW Medical Center has been a multi-year effort.

”“The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score,” he added, “is but one of the ways in which our commitment to patient safety is being recognized. We have seen consistent improvement in many of our patient safety metrics over time. We will continue to work together in keeping patients safe as our number one focus and priority.”
 
View UW Medical Center’s full safety score

 

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