ALBUQUERQUE, April 29, 2021 — Lovelace Medical Center (LMC), Lovelace Women’s Hospital (LWH) and Lovelace Regional Hospital (LRH) received an “A” safety grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report, a national distinction recognizing their achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. This is the second safety grade “A” in a row for both LMC and LWH.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“The Leapfrog grade is important because it gives patients objective criteria they need to make a decision on which hospital is the safest,” said Lovelace Health System chief executive officer Ron Stern. “The entirely of our hospitals, from our physicians to our staff, are committed to patient safety and we pride ourselves on the adherence to the measures associated with the Hospital Safety Grade. Quality and patient safety are a constant focus and it’s nice to be recognized for our hard work.”
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.
Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Women’s Hospital and Lovelace Regional Hospital are the only three hospitals in the entire state of New Mexico to earn an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2021.
Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System
About Lovelace Medical Center
Lovelace Medical Center (LMC), located in the heart of Albuquerque, is a 263 bed acute care hospital providing comprehensive care, including around-the-clock emergency care, surgical services, non-invasive robotic spine surgery, cardiology, stroke care, radiology and oncology services, including the state’s only Gamma Knife Center for non-invasive radiologic brain surgery. Lovelace Medical Center was recently named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2020 by Leapfrog Hospital Safety and received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get with the Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2021, for the ninth year in a row. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Medical Center, visit lovelace.com.
About Lovelace Women’s Hospital
Lovelace Women’s Hospital is the first and only hospital in New Mexico dedicated to women’s health. It offers a 53-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a natural birthing center, a nationally-recognized, award-winning breast care center and birthing center, and the first robotic surgery program in the state recognized as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation. Lovelace Women’s Hospital was named to Modern Healthcare’s 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare, ranking 28th in the country. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, visit lovelace.com.
About Lovelace Regional Hospital
Lovelace Regional Hospital is a 27-bed acute care hospital providing 24/7 emergency services, intensive care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, surgical services and birthing services for the residents of Roswell and surrounding communities. The hospital, its providers and staff share a vision to improve medical care in southeast New Mexico. Lovelace Regional Hospital earned an ‘A’ Grade from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 2017 - 2018 To learn more about the services, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Regional Hospital, visit lovelace.com.