University Medical Center | photo courtesy UMC
According to the national Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade system, University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) is now among the safest hospitals in the nation.
“This achievement is testament to the hard work and diligence of our nurses, techs and physicians throughout our hospital to ensure that patient safety and satisfaction are our priorities,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO. “We looked at every area of patient care and sought ways to not only meet safety standards but to exceed them. I am happy that Leapfrog has recognized our work toward improvement.
This marks the first time that UMC achieved an “A” grade through the system.
Heading up UMC’s safety standards improvement while ensuring data was accurate and reflective of the care UMC provides was UMC’s Quality Management team.
“The Leapfrog Group is a nationwide organization that serves as a voice for health care safety,” said Roxanne Weisendanger, UMC’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Our Quality Management team, nurses and everyone throughout the healthcare delivery process were focused on making everything we do as safe as possible for all patients. Every one of our providers, techs, assistants and other Associates can share in this success. Most of all, our patients can count on the safest of care at UMC.”
Hospitals receive a letter grade of A through F based on their overall safety performance every Spring and Fall.
UMC’s Spring 2019 Grade of an “A,” makes it among the safest hospitals in the nation. Safety data is compiled from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Leapfrog Hospital Survey.
Virtually all acute care hospitals are measured and assessed through the Leapfrog system.
There are 28 national performance measures that are looked at through the system. This includes 13 Process/Structural Measures and 15 Patient Outcome Measures.
These measures assess hospital safety, quality and efficiency based on national performance measures that are specific to health care.