Abrazo Arrowhead Campus gets ‘A’ grade for patient safety

Abrazo Community Health Network has implemented seasonal visitor restrictions for each of its hospitals. [Submitted photo]

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus received an “A” grade in the fall 2018 hospital safety report card from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to driving leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare.

It is the second consecutive A grade for Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. Grades are primarily based on data collected and publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Consecutive ‘A’ grades for Abrazo Arrowhead Campus means that our hospital is consistently performing among the best in the nation for patient safety,” said Abrazo Arrowhead CEO Jeff Patterson. “Our hospital has a 30-year history of caring for our friends and neighbors, and this recognition validates our emphasis on patient experience and patient safety.”

Hospital safety grades are centered around 28 measures including rates of preventable errors, injuries and infections, and whether hospitals have systems in place to prevent them, according to the Leapfrog Group. More than 2,600 hospitals were graded in the fall 2018 report.

The report card also credits hospitals for having the procedures and protocols known to prevent infections, errors and accidents, such as:

  • Strong nursing leadership and engagement
  • Computerized physician order entry systems to prevent medication errors
  • Hand hygiene policies
  • Adherence to medical protocols that prevent complications
  • The right staffing in the ICU
  • Patient experience (HCAHPS) measures that have a direct correlation with patient safety outcomes

“Abrazo hospitals strive to continually improve patient care, safety and satisfaction, and earning high grades speaks to the dedication to providing excellent care and service shared by all of our employees, physicians and volunteers,” said Frank Molinaro, CEO of Abrazo Community Health Network. “Ratings can be useful in empowering consumers with evidence-based information for making decisions about where to receive care.”

The fall 2018 hospital safety grades used safety data predominantly collected and reported from 2017 and 2018, according to Leapfrog Group. Abrazo West Campus also earned an “A” grade for the fall reporting period.

Abrazo Community Health Network includes five acute-care hospitals – Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo West Campus – along with freestanding emergency centers, urgent care centers, primary care and specialty physician practices.

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