Valparaiso, IN, – Two Northwest Health hospitals received high marks for quality of care today. Northwest Health – Porter received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022 and Northwest Health – La Porte received a “B”. This national distinction recognizes their achievements in protecting patients from harm and error while in the hospital.
“Recognition from nationally recognized review organizations, like the Leapfrog Group, provide affirmation that our hospitals are providing excellent care for our patients.” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO for Northwest Health. “Our teams’ conscientious care and attention to patients’ needs and their focus on following best-practice safety procedures contributed to this recognition. It is our privilege to care for the communities of Northwest Indiana.”
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 thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems in place to prevent harm.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms 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.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Northwest Health – Porter for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
To see the hospitals’ full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org .
About Northwest Health
Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance service, and physician offices. Northwest Health – Porter is owned in part by physicians. A team of more than 3,000 employees work together with the more than 700 physicians on its medical staffs. For more information, visit NWHealthIN.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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care. 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.