Parkwest Medical Center was one of 750 hospitals to receive an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2018 Hospital Safety Scores, ranking the hospital among the safest in the U.S.

“I am very proud of Parkwest’s commitment to patient safety and of the hospital initiatives that have led to this designation,” said Neil Heatherly, chief administrative officer at Parkwest. “We appreciate the trust our patients place in our hospital, and will continue to focus on excellence in all areas of our operations.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization focused on the quality and safety of American health care. The group’s Hospital Safety Score assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their records of patient safety, to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Scores are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

The Leapfrog Safety Scores are one resource for patients and consumers to find information related to hospital care, and Parkwest Medical Center uses feedback from publicly available reports to help continually review safety standards.

 “As part of Covenant Health, Parkwest is committed to the health system’s pledge of excellence: putting our patients first, excellence in everything we do, and making Covenant Health the first and best choice,” said Heatherly.

To see the full scores and to access patient tips for related to hospital safety, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.