Dec. 3, 2013

Skagit Valley Hospital Earns “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score


Mount Vernon, WA – Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

Skagit Valley Hospital is among 14 hospitals in Washington to receive an “A” grade during this period and is the only facility north of Everett to earn an “A.” Skagit Valley Hospital moved up after receiving a “B” grade it the previous reporting period.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Our “A” grade is a testament to the outstanding care team we have here at Skagit Regional Health including our providers, nurses, and the entire staff who make safety their number one consideration in all they do,” said Chief Medical Officer Connie Davis, MD. “For patients and their families, this represents an objective review by experts of our safety standards which show we are among the best in the state and country.”

To see Skagit Valley Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app.

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Skagit Valley Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”