Nashville, TN, November 12, 2019 — In a press conference today, Dr. Joseph Webb, CEO of Nashville General Hospital (NGH) announced that NGH has been nationally recognized for its commitment to quality, patient safety, and transparency by The Leapfrog Group. Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.
“We are proud to announce we have received the highest safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Group. We celebrate the recognition of our workforce’s unwavering commitment to patient safety and quality because it takes collaboration and teamwork to earn an “A” grade,” said Dr. Webb. “High levels of teamwork and intentional coordination reinforces our mission and groundwork to improve the health and wellness of Nashville through exceptional quality and care.”
NGH readily accommodates a wide range of needs from emergency services and acute care to ancillary and ambulatory services. NGH continues to maintain its strong commitment to the healthcare needs of Nashville and Davidson County underserved, while also providing care to all segments of the community.
The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused on hospital safety. Grades are assigned to over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the country twice a year. By utilizing publicly available hospital data, letter grades A, B, C, D or F are assigned representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical errors.
“Receiving an “A” rating from Leapfrog is a testament to Nashville General’s commitment to providing excellent healthcare to all who walk through our doors,” said Joel Sullivan, Hospital Authority Board Chair. “The safety and well-being of our patients is our top priority.”
In Tennessee 33.90% of general acute-care hospitals received an “A” grade.
Today’s event was attended by Metro Council members, NGH staff and members of the media. “I feel great about today’s press conference,” Explained Dr. Webb. “It is important for the community to know that Nashville General Hospital is serving all its citizens despite their socio-economic status.”