Clinch Valley Medical Center Nationally Recognized With An ‘A’ For the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 12, 2019

Clinch Valley Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Clinch Valley Medical Center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care 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 all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Clinch Valley Medical Center has maintained its Straight A status from the Leapfrog Group with the A achievement for the fall 2019 period,” said Peter Mulkey, CEO, Clinch Valley Health. “This is a direct relationship to the commitment from each and every one within the organization to ensure that care is provided in the most effective and safest manner possible, ensuring the best possible outcomes for all patients.”

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked 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.

Clinch Valley Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see Clinch Valley Medical Center’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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. 

About Clinch Valley Health

Clinch Valley Health located in Richlands, Virginia provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia. Clinch Valley Health is made up of four entities including Clinch Valley Medical Center, which is a 175-bed acute care hospital offering comprehensive cancer services; specialty care for the heart, lungs and vascular system; emergency services; inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation; sleep studies; skilled nursing; pediatrics; and obstetrics and advanced diagnostics; Clinch Valley Physician Practices, which is a comprehensive group of physicians and surgeons; Preferred Home Health Services, which is a full-service healthcare agency that provides quality home

healthcare for patients in Southwest Virginia; and Clinch Valley Urgent Care, which offers convenient hours, providing quality early morning, evening and weekend healthcare with no appointments needed; services include X-ray, DOT (drug testing), and labs. More information is available at www.clinchvalleyhealth.com .