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Healthier Together

Fall 2017 issue
Making the grade

Making the grade


While many things influence the remarkable patient experience, safety is at the foundation, along with its sibling — quality. High quality is truly a hallmark of the Novant Health UVA Health System culture. Whether you come for an outpatient procedure or a surgery, Novant Health UVA Health System adheres to the strictest clinical guidelines and protocols to protect you.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our medical centers in Culpeper and Prince William have earned outside recognition for our scrupulous attention to patient safety. Both recently received “A” grades in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that evaluates more than 2,600 hospitals every six months to assign a score of A to F based on 30 measures related to safe care.

In fact, Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center earned its 10th consecutive “A” while Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center also received an “A.” Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center has maintained a high level of quality and safety since its opening in 2014. However, it has not achieved historical data to participate in the survey but is on track to do so in the future. For the spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades scoring period, Culpeper and Prince William medical centers were two of 823 hospitals nationwide, and among 35 in the state of Virginia, to receive an “A” for our commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have achieved the highest safety standards in the country.

With this achievement, Culpeper Medical Center joins an elite group of just 88 hospitals across the nation awarded straight As since fall 2012, and is among a smaller group of only 12 hospitals in Virginia to attain this honor.

“This remarkable achievement is made possible by the dedicated team members and medical staff of our hospital,” said Greg Napps, CEO of Culpeper Medical Center. “We take great pride in providing high quality, safe care for the communities we serve.” That is also true across the system. “For outpatient procedures and surgeries, all of our teams implement the strictest clinical protocols to protect you,” said Michelle Strider, director of quality and safety. “Reducing infections is a mission we care deeply about because they can slow recovery time and lead to serious health problems.”

“We are dedicated to providing the best possible healthcare services, and we do so with a relentless commitment to quality and safety,” said Strider. “When it comes to safety and quality, we will always make the needs of our patients our top priority.”