RESTON, VA — Reston Hospital Center has been awarded an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, an improvement from a “B” grade in the Spring. The letter rated score system represent how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford University. It is annually administered by independent agency, The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog). It is the only peer-reviewed hospital grading system in the United States. This Blue Ribbon Expert Panel uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is then published to give the public information they can use to select the appropriate healthcare facility for themselves and their families.
“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive healthcare, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Reston Hospital Center, are helping us to raise the standards of healthcare nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.
To view the details of Reston Hospital Center scores, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at hospitalsafetyscore.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.