Inova Loudoun Hospital Makes List as Safety Superstar

Leesburg, VA – (May 7, 2013) – AARP The Magazine has teamed up with The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals on safety and resource use, to create a list of America’s Safest Hospitals.  Inova Loudoun Hospital is featured on the list as a “safety superstars”.  Inova Loudoun is one of five hospitals in Virginia and one of 66 nationwide included on the list. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital also made the list.      The April/May issue, in-homes and online now, showcases these “safety superstars” in the magazine’s first ever “Health” issue. The article, “Lessons From America’s Safest Hospitals,” showcases ways hospitals are preventing errors.

Inova Loudoun Hospital was highlighted for:

  • Physicians and staff focus on the quality of the care provided and making the safety of patients the highest priority.
  • National leader in the prevention of falls and other safety events.
  • Magnet certified for nursing care and has consistently demonstrated that attracting and retaining the best nurses directly supports the safest patient care environment
  • Implementing a new, fully computerized medical record system including electronic physician order entry, automatic alerts that warn of potential drug and other procedure issues.
  • In the Intensive Care Unit, specially trained intensivist physicians available 24/7 backed up by and electronic system (eICU) allowing doctors to monitor patients continuously, review chart notes, monitor prescriptions, ensuring that patients get appropriate treatments when needed.
  • Restricted visiting hours during flu season to reduce patient exposure to people coming into hospital.
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM) training for nurses and physicians in an effort to build effective teams.  Adheres to national guidelines for the use of checklists and preventing infections and in the operating room.

“We are committed to providing safe and reliable care at Inova Loudoun Hospital,” said H. Patrick Walters, CEO, Inova Loudoun Hospital. “Being recognized as a Safety Superstar is evidence that our best practices are working.  In an effort to be accountable to those we serve we implemented the Compact with the Community last year. ”

To learn more about the Inova’s Compact with the Community visit www.inova.org/ilh and scroll down to “Our Quality Commitment”.
The complete list of hospital safety standouts can be found online at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Media Contact: Reneé Brohard, APR, 540-454-3493
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Inova Loudoun Hospital, serving Loudoun County for over 100 years, is part of the Inova Health System; a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes.  Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Visit us on the web at www.inova.org/ilh.

About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.