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Published on April 25, 2018

Rutland Regional Medical Center receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Leapfrog "A" Rating logoThe Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Rutland Regional Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. Rutland Regional is the only hospital in Vermont to receive an “A” rating for this spring. Since 2013, Rutland Regional has the distinction of earning of at least one “A” rating for each year for patient safety.

Only about one-third of hospitals nationwide get an “A” grade from the Leapfrog organization,” said Claudio Fort, President and CEO of Rutland Regional. “Our “A” rating is indicative of the strong culture and focus on patient safety by all of the 1,700 employees who put patients first every day at Rutland Regional.”

This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an “A” Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Rutland Regional’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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 collects and transparently reports hospital 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.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

Rutland Regional was honored as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018, and as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care. Rutland Regional was also the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation.

In 2016 and 2017, Rutland Regional was the recipient of Healthcare’s Most Wired® award for the exceptional way the hospital uses technology to build patient engagement. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, and was honored with an “A” grade in Hospital Saftey Score by The Leapfrog Group in 2017. Healthgrades recognized Rutland Regional for an eighth year (2011-2018) with the 5-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, a second year as a 5-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery (2017-2018), and for the first year (2018) as 5-Star Recipient for Treatment of COPD.

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Media Contact: Peg Bolgioni, 802.772.2843 or pbolgioni@rrmc.org

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