Alvarado Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Alvarado Hospital’s achievements in providing safer health care. This is the second consecutive year that Alvarado has been so recognized by The Leapfrog Group.
“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Alvarado Hospital. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.
“I am, once again, humbled by this,” states Robin Gomez, CEO of Alvarado Hospital. “As a clinical nurse myself for over 20 years, I know what the nurses, doctors, and staff go through in their day-to-day life to allow a hospital like ours to succeed. And to witness our employees do this with such a high level of professionalism and care makes me burst with pride.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 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.
Despite the current crisis with COVID-19, Alvarado Hospital has lately experienced a renaissance. The hospital opened an expanded, 32-bed emergency services wing late last year that accredited for geriatric emergency medicine. The new emergency department is also an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and a designated Severe Heart Attack (STEMI) Receiving Center. The hospital’s Geriatric Behavioral Health department opened in late 2018 and has developed into an important service line over the past year. And Alvarado Hospital has expanded its cooperation with community healthcare partners through the use of an innovative telemedicine program.
To see Alvarado Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.