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Two Utah County hospitals given top grades for safety

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The two MountainStar hospitals in Utah County, Mountain View Hospital and Timpanogos Regional Hospital, were awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing these hospitals’ achievements providing safer health care. 

The hospitals earned their tenth and fourth ‘A’s in a row, respectively. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients. 

“We are very happy to have extended our string of ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grades from Leapfrog to 10,” said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Mountain View Hospital. “This represents five years of straight ‘A’s in providing safety for our patients and community. At a time like the COVID Pandemic, people want to be taken to hospitals that pay strict attention to safety. We hope this gives them some reassurance.” 

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“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for your hospitals. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.” 

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 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. 

The hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ grade, when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2020. To see these hospitals’ full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. (Serve Daily submission)

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