Clinch Valley Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score

April 20, 2016

New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety organization. Clinch Valley Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States according to The Leapfrog Group.

"Clinch Valley Medical Center is extremely proud of the most recent score of an A received from The Leapfrog Group,” said Peter Mulkey, CEO of Clinch Valley Health, which includes Clinch Valley Medical Center. “Providing quality care in a safe environment is the goal of each employee, when caring for our community, and advances our mission of making communities healthier."

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Clinch Valley Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.