Willamette Valley Medical Center received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes Willamette Valley Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.
“Every day, our teams focus on putting quality and safety first,” said Lori Bergen, Chief Executive Officer at Willamette Valley Medical Center. “We are very pleased with this high mark, which places us among the top tier of hospitals across the country when it comes to patient safety.”
“Numerous leaders and staff dedicated countless hours to implement leading practices and ensure that our Leapfrog grade matches the high-quality care that we continue to provide our community,” added Kirsten Ferren, Chief Nursing Officer at Willamette Valley Medical Center.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“Everyone at WVMC should be very proud that their excellence has been recognized,” Bergen continued. “It reflects our commitment to delivering the best possible care to patients, families, and visitors and ensuring that everyone has a positive experience at our hospital.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Willamette Valley Medical Center for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
To see Willamette Valley Medical Center’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.
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.
About Willamette Valley Medical Center
Located in McMinnville, Oregon, Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) is a 60-bed acute-care, full-service facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission and certified as an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology.
WVMC features a 24-hour Emergency Department with round-the-clock imaging and laboratory services, the Joint Replacement Institute (Advanced Certified in Total Hip and Knee Replacement by the Joint Commission), an Intensive Care Unit, and a Senior Behavioral Health Services unit. WVMC also provides a host of other services including a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient Surgical Services, a Family Birthing Center, Endoscopy, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardio Pulmonary Services, and Therapy Services. In addition, the hospital offers specialty radiation oncology services in the H. R. Hoover, MD, Cancer Center and advanced wound treatment at the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center.
For more information and a full list of services, visit WillametteValleyMedical.com