Piedmont Columbus Northside Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Staff Report From Columbus CEO

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Both Piedmont Columbus Regional hospitals were awarded high marks from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Piedmont Columbus Northside Campus was awarded an ‘A’ and the Midtown Campus received a “B” score. The designation recognizes Piedmont Columbus’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“At Piedmont Columbus Regional, we always put patients first and patient safety will continue to be our highest priority,” said Scott Hill, CEO and president of Piedmont Columbus Regional. “The fact that Piedmont Columbus Regional’s Northside and Midtown campuses have again both earned such high grades in 2019 is a testament to the quality of care and service that our providers and employees deliver on a daily basis. Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grades help people make informed decisions when choosing where to seek medical care. Piedmont Columbus Regional has joined the other Piedmont hospitals in embracing the Leapfrog grades as a way to gauge our progress on the journey to improve patient safety and satisfaction.”
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”  
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 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.