WILCOX MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES “A” GRADE FOR HOSPITAL SAFETY
Wilcox Medical Center has earned an “A” grade in the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades announced recently. The Hospital Safety Grades assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the United States. The grades were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.
“Providing a safe environment is important to the overall health and well-being of our patients, and it’s important for Kaua‘i residents to know they have access to nationally recognized, safe medical care right here at home” said Jen Chahanovich, President & CEO of Wilcox Medical Center. “This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff, who are constantly raising the bar in order to provide the best experience for our patients.”
“Earning Straight ‘As’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement and testament to a hospital’s ongoing vigilance and commitment to patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We Wilcox for being an example of excellence in preventing harm to patients, and urge you to continue championing patient safety.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see the full grades for Wilcox and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
About Wilcox Health
Wilcox Health, which comprises Wilcox Medical Center and Kaua‘i Medical Clinic, is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers.
Founded in 1938, Wilcox Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing the Kaua‘i community with accessible, quality health care. The largest medical center on Kaua‘i, it is a state-of-the-art acute care facility with a full suite of services offering 30 specialties and programs including cardiology, emergency, family practice, gastroenterology, health management, internal medicine, neurology, OB/GYN, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics and urology. Its 20-bed emergency department is the first neighbor island facility to obtain a Level III Trauma designation and serves as the island’s Primary Stroke Center. The medical center also has four birthing suites, seven intensive care beds and 20 same-day surgery beds. The American Heart Association has recognized Wilcox in three areas of excellence: stroke (S) – gold plus award, heart failure (HF) – gold plus award, and atrial fibrillation (AFIB) – gold award. Wilcox has also received the QUEST citation of merit for high-value health care, and is recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.
Kaua‘i Medical Clinic is the island’s largest clinic and only multi-specialty medical group. More than 85 physicians and midlevel providers offer primary and specialty care at clinic locations in ʻEleʻele, Kapaʻa, Kōloa and Līhuʻe. Kauaʻi Medical Clinic also offers an Urgent Care clinic in Līhuʻe that is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Sunday.
Learn more at WilcoxHealth.org.
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 in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.