SWMC Nationally Recognized for Hospital Safety
May 16, 2022
Southwestern Medical Center (SWMC) received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes SWMC’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. This is the fourth, consecutive “A” Grade SWMC has received and the only hospital in Southwest Oklahoma to receive an “A” grade.
“We are very pleased with this high mark, which places us among the top tier of hospitals across the country, when it comes to patient safety,” said Elizabeth Jones, CEO, SWMC. “Our team is committed to ensuring every patient receives quality care. They have worked very hard implementing numerous initiatives directly aimed at enhancing quality and patient safety.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty 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.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Southwestern Medical Center for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
About 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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.