ALBUQUERQUE, November 13, 2018 — Lovelace Westside Hospital and Lovelace Regional Hospital both earned “A” grades from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2018, making them the only two hospitals in the state of New Mexico to earn “A”s.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only independent ratings program that focuses exclusively on how effectively hospitals keep their patients safe, making it the gold standard measure of patient safety focusing on patient infections, including falls and trauma, and preventable complications from surgery.
“The Leapfrog grade is important for patients because it gives them the information they need to make a decision on which hospital is the safest to have a procedure, based on objective criteria,” said Lovelace Westside Hospital CEO Amy Blasing. “The grade is also very important to hospital staff and providers. We are committed to the safety of our patients and we pride ourselves on the adherence to the measures associated with the Hospital Safety Grade. We are honored to have received an ‘A’ grade and we are very appreciative to everyone at our hospital who has worked so hard to earn an A.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade primarily consists of measures collected and publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and also includes some measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey for hospitals that report to Leapfrog. If a hospital does not submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Leapfrog uses data from the American Hospital Association’s annual survey and IT supplement instead. Hospitals are not penalized for not reporting to Leapfrog.
“Our entire hospital, from our physicians to our staff, is committed to patient safety and we couldn’t be prouder to receive a top grade. We know that patients often have a choice on which hospital to be cared for and knowing that we have been graded as one of the safest makes that choice easier for them,” said Lovelace Regional Hospital CEO Heather Harper.
Lovelace Westside Hospital was the only facility in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho to earn an “A” grade while Lovelace Regional Hospital was the only hospital in Southeastern New Mexico to receive an “A” grade.
Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System
About Lovelace Health System
Lovelace Health System consists of Lovelace Medical Group, Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell and Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital.