Central Peninsula Hospital Awarded “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score – Archived

November 6, 2013

Central Peninsula Hospital was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“This is the third year in a row that Central Peninsula Hospital has received an “A” grade from Leapfrog. It demonstrates that hospital employees and physicians are dedicated to maintaining a safe environment for our patients,” said Rick Davis, CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital. Davis went on to say that “it is also the third year in a row that CPH is the only hospital in Alaska to receive an “A” grade.”

CPGH, Inc., Board President Alyson Stogsdill added, “Congratulations to the physicians and employees at CPH who recognize that it is not just our duty but also our privilege to provide high quality and safety measures to our patients.”

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

To see Central Peninsula Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at the same site.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Central Peninsula Hospital is a 49 bed acute care hospital located in Soldotna, Alaska and is owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The hospital and Heritage Place (a 60 bed long term care facility) are operated by CPGH Inc., an eleven-member volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of professional, business, and community leaders who govern the hospital’s operations.