Piedmont Henry earns award

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Piedmont Henry Hospital has been named to an annual list of Top Hospitals.

The recent citation by the Leapfrog Group “showcases Piedmont Henry’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care,” according to a statement.

“Patient safety is our highest priority and this achievement demonstrates that,” said Piedmont Henry CEO Charlie Scott. “We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure safety is ingrained in our culture and I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished. It is an honor to have our hospital recognized nationally.”

Piedmont Henry was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes 24 Top Rural Hospitals, 62 Top Urban Hospitals and 12 Top Children’s Hospitals.

The survey measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

“Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Piedmont Henry has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Henry County. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of Piedmont Henry whose efforts achieved these results.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, visit www.leapfroggroup.com /tophospitals. For additional information about Piedmont Henry’s quality measures, visit piedmont.org/quality.