UPMC Northwest awarded highest safety grade

From staff reports

UPMC Northwest is among 17 UPMC hospitals across the nation that received an “A” safety grade with The Leapfrog Group for spring 2022, a record number for UPMC.

This national distinction recognizes these hospitals’ achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

“Although our health care teams — like all those across the country — have experienced enormous strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud of the dedication of each physician, nurse, and staff member to maintain safe, high-quality care for the communities we serve,” said Tami Minnier, UPMC’s chief quality and operational excellence officer.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns a grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients.

The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.