YVMC grade improves from C to A on new report

Yampa Valley Medical Center was one of 14 Colorado hospitals to receive an A in the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, released last week by the national nonprofit watchdog The Leapfrog Group in collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health. According to a news release, the hospital, which received a C grade in the Fall 2015 report, improved to an A grade during the last two rankings. The report, which includes grades for 43 Colorado hospitals, is transparent and free to the public.

The Safety Grades provide a complete picture of avoidable hospital errors, accidents and infections that kill or harm an estimated 250,000 patients annually. Grades are calculated by patient safety experts and peer-reviewed. Seven hospitals increased one or two grades, and two hospitals received a patient safety grade for the first time. No hospitals in Colorado received a D or F.

“Every community deserves to be served by hospitals that prioritize patient safety. The Colorado Business Group on Health’s dedication to increasing hospital safety and transparency has directly impacted the care the residents of Colorado receive,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We thank CBGH for its strong leadership and steadfast commitment to the health and well-being of its community members.”

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