TriStar Skyline Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. TriStar Skyline was one of 750 hospitals awarded an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. 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, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“TriStar Skyline is dedicated to being a trusted community health care provider. We continually look for ways to improve quality, improve patient safety and prevent infection. This “A’ grade from Leapfrog is a reflection of our staff and physicians’ commitment to our ‘patients first’ philosophy,” said Steve Otto, CEO of TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.