CIRCLEVILLE— OhioHealth Berger Hospital is among seven OhioHealth Hospitals to achieve the highest A rating in the Leapfrog Spring 2021 hospital safety grades, the only hospital rating system focused exclusively on safety.
In addition to Berger Hospital, OhioHealth hospitals with an A grade include: OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Because of their critical access hospital designation, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital are not evaluated.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but these OhioHealth hospitals show us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
More than 2,700 hospitals were graded by the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog organization on 27 publicly available safety measures including medication errors, infection rate, maternity care, critical care, complex adult surgery, and elective outpatient surgery. Twice a year, in the spring and fall, the Leapfrog group assigns letter grades A through F based on a commitment to patient
safety and a reduction of avoidable harm. Helping consumers protect themselves and their family members from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections is an important part of the grade.
“Throughout this pandemic, our associates and physicians have worked tirelessly to care for the communities we serve,” said Kristy Blum, MD, senior director of medical affairs at OhioHealth Berger Hospital. “This rating validates our hard work, dedication and commitment to safety during difficult circumstances.”
“At OhioHealth Berger Hospital, the safety of our patients, providers and associates is at the forefront of everything we do,” added Tim Colburn, president of Berger Hospital. “Our team’s top rating signifies how we have established the safest environment for our community. I am tremendously proud of our team’s efforts which have led to this well-deserved rating.”
Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.
Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area. It has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007.
OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.