June 15, 2018
The Leapfrog Group recognizes Mountain View Hospital for exceptional patient safety
Mountain View Hospital once again achieved an "A" Grade for further improving patient safety according to The Leapfrog Group announcement for Spring 2018. MountainStar Healthcare facilities St. Mark's Hospital and Lakeview Hospital also received top honors for the biannual period. Utah is ranked 12 nationwide with nine out of 22 qualifying hospitals earning an A grade.
"At MountainStar Healthcare, we are deeply committed to our patients and ensuring their safety," said Stephany Seuell, vice president of quality and risk management at MountainStar Healthcare. "Consistently earning "A" Hospital Safety Grades showcases the considerable efforts put forth by our clinical and support staff to meet and exceed these very important goals."
Mountain View Hospital is among only a few in Utah to achieve the top grade six times in a row.
The Spring 2018 assessment included approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals. An "A" grade recognizes exemplary performance in consistently meeting national evidencebased guidelines that ensure patient safety. Letter grades are assigned biannually after Leapfrog Group assessments of publicly reported data related to any occurrences of medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections.
"The national numbers on death and harm in hospitals have alarmed us for decades. What we see in the new round of Safety Grades are signs of many hospitals making significant improvements in their patient safety record," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. "Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have definitely spurred these improvement efforts. But the hospitals achieving new milestones are doing the hard work, and we salute them as well as the leaders, researchers and organizations fighting every year for patient safety." Several improvement initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at Mountain View Hospital:
- Computer medication management: ensures that patients are given the right medicine, in the right dosage, and at the right time. Every hospitalized patient wears a bar-coded bracelet that the nursing staff scans every time medications are administered.
- Computerized Physician Order Entry: electronically processes physician orders for patient care. This tool has proven to reduce inaccuracies that may result from illegible handwriting, decrease medical errors, reduce costs — and ultimately save lives.
- Hugs® security system: continuously monitors small electronic devices placed on every newborn and pediatric patient. It sounds an alarm while locking elevator and stairwell doors if a baby or hospitalized child is taken outside of the secure area.
- Multidisciplinary safety committee: broadens the scope and depth of experience and knowledge brought to patient safety improvement initiatives
- Patient safety leaders: perform quarterly rounds with patients at the hospital and review compliance with and the effectiveness of all safety regulations.
- Yearly safety training: all employees and volunteers are required to complete a comprehensive safety training course and pass a detailed test.