SageWest Health Care Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 8, 2018

SageWest is one of the safest hospitals in America, earning an ‘A’ 

Fremont County, Wyo. – SageWest Health Care was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes SageWest Health Care’s efforts at both campuses in Lander and Riverton in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team to serve our communities,” said Alan Daugherty, SageWest Health Care CEO. “SageWest’s top priority is to provide safe and top quality healthcare close to home, and this recognition demonstrates one of the many ways we continually work to enhance and improve our service.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like SageWest Health Care that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

SageWest Health Care was one of two hospitals in Wyoming and one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see SageWest Health Care’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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. 

About SageWest

Part of LifePoint Health who is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, SageWest Health Care encompasses two hospitals, which are both fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Located in Fremont County, Wyo., SageWest Health Care provides state-of-the-art medical equipment, including 64-slice CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital mammography, as well as specialty service lines including bariatric surgery, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology (ENT), pediatrics, and psychiatry. SageWest provides acute and sub-acute inpatient medical services, emergency room services, intensive care, surgical services, therapy services, imaging and laboratory diagnostic services, sleep lab studies, and infusion services. Visit www.SageWestHealthCare.com.