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Arrowhead Hospital, an affiliate of Abrazo Health, has once again been recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score

6/12/2013 1:00:00 AM

Arrowhead Hospital Earns an “A” in Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Glendale, Arizona June 11, 2013 – Arrowhead Hospital, an affiliate of Abrazo Health, has onceagain been recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independentnational nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital alsoreceived the A score in 2012. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital SafetyScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors,injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of thenation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed inthe Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public informationthey can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are honored to have received this recognition two-years in a row," said Frank Molinaro, CEOArrowhead Hospital. "It acknowledges our shared commitment to patient safety and quality initiatives. Andachieving an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score reflects our Patients First mission and our longstandingfocus on creating the safest possible environment for our patients.”

To see Arrowhead Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Scorewebsite at, which provides information on how the public can protectthemselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the freemobile app, available at

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence inour national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The LeapfrogGroup. “I’d like to congratulate Arrowhead Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continueto put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, theHospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a singlescore representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medicaland medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (HarvardUniversity), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), PatrickRomano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (VanderbiltUniversity), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

About Arrowhead Hospital 

Arrowhead Hospital, an affiliate of Abrazo Health, is conveniently located in the NorthwestValley, south of Loop 101 at 67th Avenue and Union Hills. Arrowhead, a 217-bed acute care hospital, isproud to be named a 2012 Arizona Performance Excellence Award in Category 4 - Measurement,Analysis, and Knowledge Management; a Midas+ Platinum Quality Award; and U.S. News & WorldReport Best Hospital’s - Metro Phoenix Area in 2011. Arrowhead is also designated as an accreditedChest Pain Center with PCI by the Society for Chest Pain Centers, a Cardiac Arrest Center and a PrimaryStroke Center by Joint Commission. The full-service, acute care hospital offers such specialized servicesas a diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular program including open-heart surgery; comprehensiveorthopedic services; 24-hour emergency care; obstetrics; inpatient and outpatient surgery; and women’shealth care.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the collectiveleverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, qualityand affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers tostructure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Groupwas founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and isnow independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Abrazo Health

As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providingexcellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes five acute carehospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital andWest Valley Hospital; and one specialized cardiovascular hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital; with acombined 1,027 licensed beds. In addition the system consists of two health plans: Phoenix Health Plan,and Abrazo Advantage; School-Based Health Centers; and Abrazo Medical Group with 70 employedphysicians in 18 Valley locations. Visit for more information.

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