On safety, Providence scores highest

Doug Koekkoek, M.D.
Chief executive, Clinical Services
Chief medical officer

Dec. 4, 2013

The latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores are out, and I am pleased to share that Providence received more “A” grades than any other health system in our area. We received four As, one B and a C that was within 0.0006 points of a B. These grades reflect our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in providing excellent, high-quality and safe care for all our patients.
 
To compile the ratings, Leapfrog evaluates overall hospital performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. It looks at 28 evidence-based national measures, using publicly available data, including information available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The firm also conducts its own hospital survey.
 
Here’s a look at the Providence grades in Oregon. Keep in mind that critical access hospitals are not rated. Hospitals without enough data to meet Leapfrog’s criteria also are excluded.
 
Providence hospitals
Providence Milwaukie Hospital – A
Providence Newberg Medical Center – A
Providence Portland Medical Center – A
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center – A
Providence Medford Medical Center – B
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center – C
 
For comparison, here are other hospital scores around the region:
 
Other Oregon and southwest Washington hospitals  
Adventist Medical Center – A
Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center – A
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center – B
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center – B
Southwest Washington Medical Center – B
Ashland Community Hospital – C
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center – C
Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center – C
Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles) – C
Oregon Health & Science University – C
Rogue Valley Medical Center – C
Salem Hospital – C
Silverton Hospital – C
Tuality Healthcare – C
Willamette Valley Medical Center (McMinnville) – C 
 
Congratulations to everyone involved in this work, and thanks for your commitment to our patients and to the Mission of Providence.
 
Related: "How safe is your hospital? See Oregon's best and worst," Portland Business Journal