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Stanford Health Care, SHC – ValleyCare earn top grade for patient safety during pandemic

Hospital news | Monday, December 14, 2020

The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that evaluates health care organizations on many facets of patient safety, gave Stanford Health Care and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare an A in its most recent assessment.

By Mandy Erickson

Stanford Health Care and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare earned the highest possible grade for patient safety from a leading watchdog group, an accomplishment that leaders of both hospitals said was especially noteworthy during the coronavirus pandemic.

"I am incredibly proud of Stanford Health Care for this achievement," said David Entwistle, president and CEO of the organization. "Our A grade for patient safety, amid a global pandemic no less, reflects the resilience of our staff and their unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care delivery. To me, this award is confirmation that we will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever."

The A grades from The Leapfrog Group indicate the hospitals' exemplary performance in keeping patients safe from medical errors and other preventable harm.

"Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare is an organization defined by the excellence of its people," said Rick Shumway, president and CEO of SHC – ValleyCare. "This achievement is a direct result of their skill and dedication. It also confirms what we at SHC – ValleyCare already knew: that we have the tools and a top-notch team to keep delivering high-quality care during this pandemic and beyond."

Leapfrog, a national nonprofit organization focused on hospital quality and safety, announced its latest round of hospital grades on Dec. 14. Leapfrog evaluates more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals twice each year, assigning grades of A, B, C, D and F based on factors such as qualifications of clinicians; their responsiveness to patients; use of electronic records; and prevention of bacterial infections, patient falls and surgical errors.

"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 Stanford Health Care and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. 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."