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Sibley Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score (SM)

December 11, 2012

The only Washington, D.C. hospital to receive a score of an "A"

Washington, D.C., Sibley Memorial Hospital was honored with an "A" Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.  Sibley was the only hospital in the District of Columbia to receive a score of an "A". The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety.
Richard O. Davis, Ph.D., president, Sibley Memorial Hospital commented, "I am so privileged and honored to work with physicians and staff that put the safety of their patients first every day.  This national recognition provides additional motivation as Sibley works toward becoming a hub for innovation in safety, quality and health care delivery.  I look forward to continuing to grow the strong foundation that we have in place, and to working with the Sibley medical staff and employees on this endeavor."
"It's The Leapfrog Group's goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the hospitals that earned an 'A' and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first."
To see Sibley's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. 
Leapfrog is an employer-based group focused on promoting improvements in health care safety and quality.  They developed this report under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel experts, including Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Leapfrog report takes into account 26 quality and safety measures, including fall-related trauma, patients receiving the correct antibiotic and surgery patients receiving appropriate treatment to prevent blood clots at the right time, in which Sibley received a perfect score of 100%.  Overall, the grade takes into account 11 different outcomes measures, which include errors, accidents and injuries that the hospital has publicly reported, and 15 process measures, which include management structure and procedures that the hospital has in place to protect the patient from errors, accidents and injuries.  
About Sibley Memorial Hospital
Sibley is a non-profit, full service 318 bed acute care community hospital serving the Washington, D.C. area since 1890. Sibley Memorial Hospital is a proud member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Sibley campus is home to an assisted living residence, Grand Oaks, and The Sibley Renaissance which houses the Sibley Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, Sibley Senior Services, skilled nursing care and a residential Alzheimer's unit.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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