November 14, 2016
Orem, Utah - Timpanogos Regional Hospital is among only 12 in Utah to earn an “A” Safety Score in the Fall 2016 update, per The Leapfrog Group. This Orem hospital achieved top honors in the group’s biannual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. It has achieved a total of seven “A” grades since the Safety Score was launched in 2013.
An “A” grade recognizes exemplary performance in consistently meeting national evidence-based guidelines that ensure patient. Letter grades are assigned after assessments of data related to any occurrences of medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections in more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. In Utah, 23 hospitals are included in The Leapfrog Group biannual assessments. The state is ranked number six in the country in the Fall 2016 Safety Grade for achieving notable improvements.
“Patient safety and care is always our first priority at Timpanogos Regional Hospital,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Timpanogos Regional Hospital. “The fact that we have received seven Leapfrog ‘A’ grades over the past several years shows the dedication of our physicians, nurses and support staff to the safety of each and every patient at our hospital. We are honored to receive this grade and look forward to more ‘A’ grades in the future as we continue to make patient safety our primary focus.”
Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at Timpanogos Regional Hospital:
- Computer medication management: ensures that patients are given the right medicine, in the right dosage, and at the right time. Every hospitalized patient wears a bar-coded bracelet that the nursing staff scans every time medications are administered.
- Computerized Physician Order Entry: electronically processes physician orders for patient care. This tool has proven to reduce inaccuracies that may result from illegible handwriting, decrease medical errors, reduce costs — and ultimately save lives.
- Hugs® security system: continuously monitors small electronic devices placed on every newborn and pediatric patient. It sounds an alarm while locking elevator and stairwell doors if a baby or hospitalized child is taken outside of the secure area.
- Multidisciplinary safety committees: broaden the scope and depth of experience brought to patient safety improvement initiatives
- Participation in a Joint Commission project to reduce surgical site infections
- Patient safety leaders: perform quarterly rounds at the hospital and review compliance with and the effectiveness of all safety regulations.
- Yearly safety training: all employees and volunteers are required to complete this course and pass a detailed test.
“In the fast-changing health care landscape, patients should be aware that hospitals are not all equally competent at protecting them from injuries and infections,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We believe everyone has the right to know which hospitals are the safest and encourage community members to call on their local hospitals to change, and on their elected officials to spur them to action. States that put a priority on safety have shown remarkable improvements.”
The Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of public hospital safety data to determine a single letter grade. Each safety grade indicates how well hospital staff members protect patients from keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. In its Fall 2016 update, The Leapfrog Group assigned the following safety scores to 2,633 U.S. hospitals included in its survey:
- 844 earned an A
- 658 earned a B
- 954 earned a C
- 157 earned a D
- 20 earned an F
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. A full description of the data and methodology used in determining grades is available online at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. This site provides a list of hospital rankings by state and information on how people can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
About Timpanogos Regional Hospital
Located in Orem, this 124-bed, acute care hospital was among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for the second consecutive year by Truven Health Analytics. It is one of only 20 hospitals nationwide to achieve this recognition in the medium community hospital category. This MountainStar hospital is accredited for treatment of atrial fibrillation, chest pain and heart failure. It features a Level III NICU and the HeRO® monitor, which predicts life-threatening conditions in premature babies before symptoms are visible. Timpanogos Regional Hospital
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a national, nonprofit organization that uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. Its Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. It is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.