Piedmont Newnan Earns Top Grade for Patient Safety for Eighth Straight Term


From Special Reports

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Piedmont Newnan Hospital was one of 855 hospitals across the United States awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards, an achievement consistently earned since 2014.

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care and provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. healthcare system. Piedmont Newnan was one of six hospitals in the Piedmont Healthcare system, and one of only 26 hospitals in Georgia, to receive an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. Piedmont Healthcare’s hospitals account for 23 percent of all of the hospitals in Georgia that received A’s.

“Patient safety is our highest priority,” Jeffrey Folk, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Piedmont Newnan, said. ”Our physicians, leadership, clinical and non-clinical staff are committed to continuously ensuring patient quality and safety are our highest priorities in the care they provide our community and we are proud to once again be recognized as a top-rated hospital.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

This is the eighth consecutive “A” grade earned by Piedmont Newnan. Hospitals that repeatedly earn an “A” grade have attained the nation’s most prestigious honor for patient safety.

“We are proud to be recognized once again as a top-rated hospital and be recognized for our continued commitment to making a positive difference in every life we touch,” said Dr. Folk. “It is a great accomplishment and I thank our team for putting our patients’ safety first.”

To see Piedmont Newnan’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. For additional information about Piedmont Newnan’s quality measures, visit piedmont.org/quality.

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