Garden Park Medical Center was awarded an "A" in The Leapfrog Group's Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Garden Park's continued efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

"Patient safety is always the most important aspect of hospital care," said Randy Rogers, Garden Park's CEO. "But now more than ever, patients and families want to know that their hospital is a safe, healing environment for both COVID-19 patients and those with other healthcare needs.

"We've worked hard to put measures in place to keep our patients and staff safe. I am grateful for this recognition - and the fact that it's the fourth-consecutive recognition of its kind - and what it means for our team and community."

Garden Park has implemented several measures to ensure the safety of its patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Screening for all patients, visitors and staff before entering facilities.
  • Separate areas and staff for non-covid-19 positive patients, as well as outpatient and patients with scheduled procedures. These patients are treated in separate areas and assigned caregivers who are not caring for COVID-19 positive patients during their shift.
  • All caregivers wear masks throughout the hospital, per CDC guidelines.
  • Heightened infection prevention policies, including the removal of high-touch items such as magazines and toys. Food and drinks are prohibited in clinical units to prevent the spread of illness.

"The precautions we've taken and the new protections we've put in place make our clinical care facilities among the safest possible places to receive healthcare at this time," Rogers said. "Vital emergency care and procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored. It is both safe and necessary to receive medical attention at our sites of care."

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care 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 harms to patients in their care.

"'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."

This is the fourth consecutive "A" safety rating earned by Garden Park.

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 U.S. 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.

To see Garden Park's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Hospitalsafetygrade.org. To learn more about Garden Park and its services, please visit GardenParkMedical.com.

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