Fort Loudoun Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Grade reflects top national performance on patient safety through COVID-19 pandemic

Lenoir City, TN May 3, 2023 – Fort Loudoun Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates Fort Loudoun Medical Center’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.

“We are honored to receive an “A” grade again this Spring.  This is a testament to the importance our staff places on patient safety.  As we grow in this community, we will continue to prioritize high quality and exceptional care to those who count on us,” said Connie Martin, president, and CAO of Fort Loudoun Medical Center.”

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 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm 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.

To see Fort Loudoun Medical Center’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.

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About Fort Loudoun Medical Center

A member hospital of Covenant Health, Fort Loudoun Medical Center is located in Lenoir City, Tennessee, and is a 50-bed community hospital equipped with modern technologies and expert staff. The hospital offers medical, surgical, and critical care; emergency services; accredited diagnostic imaging services and health education. Specialized care includes cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, women’s services, and an accredited sleep center. The hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission for achievements in quality and safety. Learn more at FtLoudoun.com.

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 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter

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