Parkridge Health System November 07, 2019

Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital have earned an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This designation recognizes the efforts of both hospitals to protect patients from harm and provide healthcare with enhanced safety. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care.

"We at Parkridge Health work tirelessly to continuously enhance the level of safety with which we provide healthcare," said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System. "Earning 'A' grades at Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East speaks to the commitment of our colleagues to providing the safest, highest quality healthcare possible to the people of the Chattanooga area."

"Patient safety is a chief priority across Parkridge Health," said Jarrett Millsaps, CEO of Parkridge East. "Earning 'A' grades for patient safety sends a powerful message to the communities we serve that they can expect the safest healthcare possible when they enter the doors of our facility."

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 US acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

"'A' hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "It takes genuine commitment at every level - from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors - and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A."

Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East were awarded an 'A' grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see the full details of each hospital's grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.