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Piedmont Healthcare Leads Georgia Providers with Six Hospitals Earning ‘A’ Grades in Leapfrog’s Fall Report

ATLANTA, Ga. (Nov. 8, 2018) — Six of Piedmont Healthcare’s 11 hospitals received “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, representing twice as many as any other system in Georgia.

“At the heart of Piedmont Healthcare’s strategic anchors is the goal of establishing ourselves as a leader in clinical quality and service quality that places the patient at the center of our decision making,” said Kevin Brown, president and CEO, Piedmont Healthcare. “As a result, we have produced outcomes that rival some of the best in the country. These Leapfrog scores are a testament to that commitment and the talent of our employees who have helped us to achieve them. We should all be proud of this accomplishment.”

The Piedmont hospitals that earned A grades were:

  • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, which serves as the system’s east clinical hub, received an A grade for the first time in the past eight report card periods, spanning a period of four years.
  • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, which received its second consecutive A grade. Piedmont Atlanta, home to Piedmont Heart, Piedmont Cancer and Piedmont Transplant, has the highest Case Mix Index (CMI) of any community hospital in the nation, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data released earlier this year. This means Piedmont Atlanta takes care of the sickest patients of any non-academic medical center in the United States, ranking in the top 10 for all hospitals.
  • Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, which earned its seventh consecutive A grade.
  • Piedmont Newnan Hospital, which earned its eighth consecutive A grade.
  • Piedmont Newton Hospital, which received an A grade for the third time in the last four reports. Shortly after joining the Piedmont system, Piedmont Newton received a D grade in the 2015 fall report. Piedmont Newton was recently named Small Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Association of Community Hospitals.
  • Piedmont Columbus Regional - Northside Campus, which joined the Piedmont system on March 1.

The Leapfrog Safety Grade is a complex quality rating with 28 different quality measures, each with different weightings and gathered from different sources and time periods. This makes it especially difficult – and special – when a hospital is able to make significant improvement.

Piedmont’s hospitals were among 855 in the nation, including 26 in Georgia, to earn A’s on the Fall Leapfrog Safety scorecard.

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