By ALLYSON LANE
Fisher-Titus Medical Center was recently recognized for hospital safety, earning an “A” for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
Twice yearly, in the spring and fall, The Leapfrog Group releases national hospital safety grades. Leapfrog grades are a snapshot of past patient safety outcome measures and current safety process performance. The grade includes both objective standards based on 28-nationally reported measures relating to patient safety and quality of care, and a second section in which hospitals can voluntarily report about ongoing efforts to ensure and improve patient safety and quality.
“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication by the Fisher-Titus team in restoring our Leapfrog Grade to an A,” said Dr. Brent Burkey, President & CEO of Fisher-Titus. “Last year, reporting on voluntary improvement efforts negatively impacted our grade. We’ve worked extremely hard implementing several enhancements related to information technology, medication screening and medical record safety alerts, as well as inclusion of patients and their families’ insights into care.”
In addition to the Fall 2019 “A” grade from Leapfrog, Fisher-Titus was recognized in October for excellence in other areas. The American Heart Association recognized Fisher-Titus with a Gold Plus Achievement award for excellence in stroke care. Fisher-Titus Home Health was given a 4-star CMS rating and was named a 2019 HomeCare Elite recipient for the 9th straight year in a row. HomeCare Elite recognizes the top 25% of all home care agencies in the United States.
“Our mission in serving the health and wellness of our community remains unchanged. From holding ourselves to the highest standards for quality and safety to introducing new or enhanced service lines, we are dedicated providing the right care, right here for all who rely on us for care,” Burkey said.