WRMC Receives “A” in Quality

January 25, 2017

Recently, the Leapfrog Group released its hospital safety scorecard and Watertown Regional Medical Center has earned a grade of A!  This high mark underscores WRMC’s commitment to providing high quality, compassionate care.

This high mark places WRMC among the top tier of hospitals across the country when it comes to patient safety.  Critical to that success has been a number of initiatives to enhance quality. A few of those initiatives include executive rounding which enables the executive team to hear feedback on a daily basis to address any issues.  Additionally, processes have been implemented to continually meet and exceed regulatory standards.  

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” says Richard Keddington, CEO of Watertown Regional Medical Center.  “At WRMC, we take that responsibility seriously, and our “A” grade can only be achieved when all levels of the organization are part of our quality initiatives.  Our LeapFrog score is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire organization.” 

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.  It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  To learn more about Watertown Regional Medical Center’s full grade, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

In addition to the A grade from LeapFrog, WRMC earned a 4-star overall quality rating from CMS in the fall of 2016, which means the hospital performed above the national average in the categories used to determine the quality rating and ranks among the top 28% of all hospitals in the U.S. in terms of patient safety and the overall patient experience. The hospital also earned a 4-star for patient experience in that same assessment period.