Portneuf Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Pocatello, ID, May 10, 2022 - Portneuf Medical Center received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Portneuf Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

“Quality does not just happen. Rather, it is achieved through a rigorous focus on process improvement, an eye on the highest quality patient care and a dedicated healthcare team,” said Jordan Herget, Chief Executive Officer at Portneuf Medical Center. “I am proud of our team and honored to be recognized for our achievements.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Portneuf Medical Center for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

To see Portneuf Medical Center ‘s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

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About The Leapfrog Group Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

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About Portneuf Medical Center

Portneuf Medical Center (PMC), a 205-bed tertiary hospital with highly specialized staff and technical equipment, delivers compassionate healthcare to southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. Our mission is to be the first choice for patients in the region for all their healthcare needs. Portneuf Medical Center offers a Level II trauma center, Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certified cancer center, high-performing orthopedic services, and a full suite of cardiac care. In addition, PMC has one of the largest surgery practices in the state, robotics-trained surgeons, an award-winning vein center, a fully accredited wound care clinic, innovative urological care, high-performing orthopedics, and primary care to support all ages.

As a teaching hospital, Portneuf is committed to raising the bar in healthcare while also raising the next generation of providers. Family practice residents, pharmacists, nurses, medical technicians, dietitians and therapists train in the medical center.

The governance of Portneuf Medical Center is split 50/50 between Portneuf Health Trust and the parent company Ardent Health Services As a major employer in Pocatello, we have 1,600 well-qualified employees and we continue to grow.