From Special Reports

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system. Piedmont Newnan Hospital was one of 832 hospitals nationwide, and one of only 14 of the 74 graded hospitals in Georgia, to receive an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“Patient safety is our number one priority,” Mike Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Newnan, said. “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades help people make informed decisions when choosing where to seek medical care. Achieving this top grade demonstrates our commitment to creating a superior and safe experience for our patients.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Piedmont Newnan Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

This is the sixth consecutive “A” grade earned by Piedmont Newnan. Hospitals that repeatedly earn an “A” grade have attained the nation’s most prestigious honor for patient safety.

“We are proud to be recognized once again as a top-rated hospital,” said Robertson. “It is a great accomplishment and I thank our team for putting our patients’ safety first.”

To see Piedmont Newnan’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. For additional information about Piedmont Newnan’s quality measures, visit piedmont.org/quality.

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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.