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Willamette Valley Medical Center earns straight “A’s” for 2016 Patient Safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

McMinnville, OR- November 7, 2016 – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

Willamette Valley Medical Center is dedicated to patient satisfaction and patient safety.  WVMC adheres to the national medical guidelines from the different specialty organizations for safe patient care.  “In the past few years, the dedication to patient safety has been proven in the implementation of a dedicated employee who oversees the patient experience program for the entire hospital. Also an initiative was passed to have a nursing leader visit every inpatient prior to discharge to confirm that WVMC have met the patient expectations.” Carolyn Lash, Chief Quality Officer said about the strides WVMC has made.

“The steps taken to improve patient safety and satisfaction are seen every day at WVMC. The hard work our leadership and employees have done to ensure that every patient who comes to our hospital is provided the highest quality care is exceptional. We are so happy to be able to reinforce our efforts with this great recognition. It is fantastic for our community to know that we are what we preach and that the amazing care every time  motto is more than a tagline, it is a mission we fulfill daily.” Peter Hofstetter, CEO said.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 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.

To see Willamette Valley Medical Center’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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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.