Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades recently released tabbed Providence Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia as one of just seven in Washington to earn an “A” grade.

“This recognition is a testimony to the extraordinary work by our caregivers to provide the best quality and compassionate service to those entrusted in our care,” said Providence Southwest Washington Chief Administrative Officer Medrice Coluccio. “We continuously strive to improve patient safety and quality of service.  The Leapfrog scores are particularly impressive because of the sustained success by our ministries.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. The Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine.

Providence St. Peter Hospital was one of just 823 hospitals out of more than 2,600 in the nation graded to receive an A. This continues an A mark for St. Peter every year since 2014.

Hospitals are graded based on voluntary submission of quality/safety data. Just 31% throughout the United States earned an A and 27% earned a B.

“These scores represent and demonstrate our commitment to patient safety,” said Jill Cooper, vice president of Quality for Providence throughout Southwest. “They are a reflection of our continuous work to use evidenced-based practice; to ensure every patient – every time – gets the appropriate treatment.”

Providence Centralia received a “B,” the highest grade possible, because an A grade requires the Intensive Care Unit to have full-time intensive-care doctors. Providence Centralia is working to add tele-medicine in the ICU. Providence Centralia was one of just 16 hospitals in Washington to receive a B score.

“We always strive to do better, and there’s always improvement to make,” added Cooper, who also serves as site Administrator at Providence Centralia. “That is why we choose to voluntarily submit data for evaluation.”

To see how other hospitals in Washington or other states scored, click here.

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