Leapfrog Gives UT Medical Center an ‘A’ for the Fall 2020 Safety Grade

Connect News Leapfrog Gives UT Medical Center an ‘A’ for the Fall 2020 Safety Grade

The University of Tennessee Medical Center earned an “A” grade in the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the medical center’s achievements for protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.

“Throughout all episodes of care, our dedicated team members are steadfast in their commitment to provide safe, high-quality care for our patients,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “It is a tremendous honor for our medical center’s team to be recognized for our accountability to these high-standards as we continue to stay true to our mission of serving our patients and our community through healing, education and discovery.”

The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. The grade is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. This is the 11th consecutive period that UT Medical Center has been recognized with an “A” grade by the Leapfrog Group.

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for The University of Tennessee Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

To see the full grade details for UT Medical Center and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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