Results of Hospital Safety Survey for Local Hospitals

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va -- The most recent hospital safety survey from the Leapfrog group was released on Wednesday morning. Our local community hospitals did very well, but one that a lot of people in the Valley count on struggled.

The survey used 26 measures to give a hospital an overall rating of patient safety. This is how hospitals keep us safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

Augusta Health received an A score after the review.

"I think its important to remember that we don't do what we do to get an A; we do what we do to improve the health of our community," said Lisa Schwenk with Augusta Health.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital also received an A. Workers at the hospital said it's because they take great pride in the care of their patients.

"We invest a lot of time and energy with our staff and our doctors to be sure that we create a safe environment for the community. And this is evidence that indeed we do that, we accomplish our goal," said Jim Krauss with RMH.

The big difference was the U.Va. Medical Center. They received a D on the survey. Their lowest scores are in patient care and Intensive Care Unit staffing.

Eric Swensen, with U.Va. Medical Center public relations, because of the way the data was collected, this may not be a fair score.

"We have made some notable improvements in quality and safety over the past few years,” said Swensen, “Because the rating from Leapfrog Group uses a mix of older data and more recent data, this rating may not reflect all of our current efforts to improve quality and patient safety."

For Augusta Health, that is something the staff is always striving to improve.

"Patient safety and quality of care are somethings that our staff works on every day," said Schwenk.

RMH leaders have also implemented a few new practices to further exceed in this area.

"We try to retain the best doctors, the best nurses and the best clinicians,” said Krauss, “We have intensive training in patient safety for all of our staff and physicians. We are also introducing new technologies."

While U.Va. is still working to improve in those areas, other hospitals in our community are right where they should be.

"It's really just a nice thing for the staff to be recognized nationally for the efforts that they put forth everyday on their regular jobs," said Schwenk.

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