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DERBY, CT (Dec. 11, 2014) – Griffin Hospital was recently recognized as a leader in quality care and safety by two national patient safety organizations.
Griffin Hospital was named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® in November by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, and was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
Griffin is the only Connecticut hospital to be named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission three times, and it is the second year in a row that the hospital earned top Hospital Safety Score, which is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent healthcare industry watchdog.
“Being the only Connecticut hospital to be named to the Joint Commission’s “Top Quality Performer on Key Quality Measures” list three times is a tribute to the outstanding performance and dedication of the entire Griffin Hospital family to delivering high quality, patient-centered care while providing an exceptional patient experience,” said Griffin Hospital President Patrick Charmel. "I am grateful to The Joint Commission and Leapfrog and for once again recognizing Griffin Hospital’s superior performance and for recognizing high performance hospitals across the country.”
Providing patients with the best care
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. Griffin was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Griffin is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction this year. “Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Griffin Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit jointcommission.org.
Putting patient safety first
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score 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.
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. “Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Griffin Hospital, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they've made the well-being of patients a top priority.”
To see how Griffin’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.