Stamford Hospital Receives Top Hospital Safety Score from Leapfrog
Third Consecutive “A” Grade Reflects Hospital’s Ongoing Emphasis on Quality & Safety
Stamford Health announced today that Stamford Hospital again received an “A” in the most recent Hospital Safety Score released on October 31 from The Leapfrog Group. With grades ranging from A to F, Stamford Hospital has received an “A” for three consecutive marking periods and is among 32 percent of hospitals in the U.S., and one of only six hospitals in the state, to receive the top grade. The Leapfrog Group uses a subset of the many publicly reported measures and stresses measurement related to patient safety, including the adoption of safe practices, processes to prevent hospital complications and methods to prevent hospital-acquired infections.
“Every day, and at every level in our organization, we remain highly-focused to create an environment that embraces safety and quality,” said Rohit Bhalla, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Stamford Health. “Earning this top grade once again further demonstrates the commitment of our staff and physicians to ensure safe, quality care that helps drive the best outcomes for our patients.”
Stamford Health has received several recognitions of its quality initiatives. In April, Stamford Hospital received Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), placing it among roughly seven percent of the more than 5,600 hospitals in the nation – and one of only five in Connecticut – to achieve the status. Magnet recognition is the highest honor for nursing service excellence that any hospital can receive. Additionally, the Hospital was recognized by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the U.S., as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Stamford joined an elite group of only nine percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals across the U.S. recognized for achieving excellence in six or more key areas.
Stamford Health continues to strive for excellence in areas covered by the Leapfrog report. This includes the use of computers with medication safety checking features; consistent utilization of blood-thinning medications and devices to prevent blood clots in patients; and combining use of large-vein catheters and modern sterile techniques to minimize the risk of infection. You can learn more about these initiatives by visiting Stamford Hospital’s Department of Quality and Safety.