Two area hospitals named to AARP ‘superstar’ list

Skyline Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Hospital have been named the area’s only hospital safety “superstars” in a survey conducted by and The Leapfrog Group.

The hospital safety score, which The Leapfrog Group conducts twice annually and for which the most recent effort AARP Magazine publicized, is a heavily researched project that rates hospitals on safety and efficient uses of resources.

There were 66 superstars named among 2,600 hospitals.

The survey is also meant to showcase what some of the most innovative hospitals are doing to prevent errors. For example, the safest hospitals in America use surgical checklists, have fully integrated electronic medical records and place a premium on transparency, according to Leapfrog.

Several other area hospitals received “A’s” on the survey, although they weren’t cited as superstars. Those hospitals are as follows: Baptist Hospital, Centennial Medical Center, Horizon Medical Center, Saint Thomas Hospital, StoneCrest Medical Center and Southern Hills Medical Center.

Middle Tennessee Hospitals given “B” grades on the survey are Hendersonville Medical Center, Maury Regional Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, NorthCrest Medical Center, Sumner Regional Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center.

University Medical Center in Lebanon received a “C”.

To view the survey or look up hospital scores, go here.