Caldwell — West Valley Medical Center has received its tenth consecutive "A" grade in the biannual Hospital Safety Grades published by The Leapfrog Group. It is one of only four hospitals in Idaho to achieve this designation_, _which recognizes exceptional performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Hospitals that earn top grades consistently meet 28 evidence-based, national measures.
"We have so many things to be proud of at West Valley and our continued achievement of the 'A' Safety Grade is one of them," Betsy Hunsicker, West Valley Medical Center chief executive officer said. "I congratulate our physicians and staff on this testament to their teamwork, dedication and clinical excellence."
The "A" grade for spring 2019 is a continuation of West Valley's record of top honors from The Leapfrog Group. Since the first Hospital Safety Grade review in 2012, the hospital has achieved 13 "A" grades — the most of any facility in Idaho.
"Hospitals don't all have the same track record, so it really matters which hospital people choose, which is the purpose of our Hospital Safety Grade," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.
Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at West Valley Medical Center, including a multidisciplinary safety committee and several safety programs to improve patient outcomes and enhance each patient's personal experience. Additionally, investment in technology like the HUGS infant security system and computerized medication management systems further ensure patient safety.
The Leapfrog Group Safety Grades were compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to educate themselves and their families. For more information including a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining Hospital Safety Grades, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.