Parkridge Medical Center received an “A” grade in the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction that recognizes the facility’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The recognition is the nation’s most prestigious honor for patient safety.
“Earning consecutive ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group underscores that patient safety is a foundational part of our culture at Parkridge Medical Center,” said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System. “Patient safety is paramount to our healthcare philosophy at Parkridge Health System, and such recognition demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our colleagues to the communities we serve.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Safety Grade uses as many as 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital rating program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Parkridge Medical Center showed us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
About Parkridge Health System
Parkridge Health System includes Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, Parkridge West Hospital, Parkridge North ER, Parkridge Valley Adult & Senior and Parkridge Valley Child & Adolescent campuses. Parkridge Medical Center, in downtown Chattanooga, is an Accredited Chest Pain Center offering comprehensive healthcare services that include a 24-hour emergency department, cardiology, orthopedics, and surgical services in addition to oncology services at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. Parkridge East Hospital, also an Accredited Chest Pain Center in East Ridge, provides 24-hour emergency medical services, obstetrical care, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and advanced surgical services in robotics, orthopedics, and gynecology. Parkridge North ER is a 24/7, full-service emergency room staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and provides a broad scope of medical emergencies, ranging from illness and injury to life-threatening concerns. The four-campus Parkridge Valley offers behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment services for children, adolescents and adults. Parkridge West Hospital, in nearby Jasper, Tenn., provides 24-hour emergency medical services, outpatient laboratory, outpatient imaging, outpatient physical therapy and inpatient behavioral health services at Parkridge Valley West.