Quality & Patient Safety

Four steps to improve your hospital quality and safety rankings

Patient Safety Monitor, March 1, 2019

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BY CHRISTOPHER CHENEY, HEALTHLEADERS MEDIA

Nearly two decades after the Institute of Medicine published its groundbreaking healthcare safety report To Err Is Human, medical errors remain a leading cause of death in this country.

To rise to this challenge, hospitals from coast to coast are engaged in efforts to boost quality and safety, such as initiatives aimed at hospital-acquired infections.

For one hospital in particular, a poor Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rating in 2014 became a launching pad for improved quality and safety.

“When we got a ‘D’ from Leapfrog, that was our wake-up call. We had done good patient safety work before, but it wasn’t the fanatic level that we have now,” says Leigh Hamby, MD, MHA, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Piedmont Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system with 11 hospitals and almost 100 physician and specialist offices throughout Atlanta and North Georgia.

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