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12/18/2012 2:48:00 PM
Verde Valley Medical Center awarded 'A' grade for patient safety and quality of care

Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) has been awarded an 'A' grade for patient safety and quality of care by the Leapfrog Group based on 26 different measures of safety. VVMC was recognized by the Leapfrog Group for its demonstrated commitment to the health of its patients through safety, quality of care and positive patient outcomes.

"This rating demonstrates we are following national guidelines that combine medical care and preventive measures with the ultimate goal of saving lives and improving the overall quality of health of our patients and the community," said James Bleicher, M.D., VVMC President/CEO. "Receiving an A grade from this respected organization is a testament to the commitment of all our staff and physicians in making VVMC one of the safest hospitals in the U.S."

The Leapfrog Group is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization that reviews and analyzes hospital information in order to provide hospitals a letter grade for safety each year. Nationally, Leapfrog graded 2,618 U.S. hospitals; VVMC was one of only 790 hospitals to earn an 'A' grade.

In addition to receiving national recognition by the Leapfrog Group, VVMC has received other notable rankings and awards including:

Becker's Hospital Review - One of "100 Great Community Hospitals" in the U.S.

American Heart Association - Get with the Guidelines gold and silver awards for multiple years in the areas of treating stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure patients

Professional Research Consultants - Platinum, gold, silver, 5-star and 4-star awards for 11 consecutive years for customer service and quality of care.

Since its beginning as a small outpatient clinic in 1939, Verde Valley Medical Center has grown into a full-service, 99-bed, nonprofit hospital serving North Central Arizona. In addition to the Cottonwood campus, outpatient services are offered in Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Camp Verde and Cottonwood. More than 800 professional and support staff are employed at VVMC; the medical staff is comprised of nearly 100 physicians representing 25 medical specialties.

VVMC is accredited by DNV Healthcare, the newest hospital accreditation organization deemed by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to accredit hospitals. VVMC is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also serves patients through Flagstaff Medical Center, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona, and Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice.

For more information on Verde Valley Medical Center programs and services, visit

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Sally Wilson

A bit of advice, the information the Leapfrog Group reviews and analyses is self reported by the hospitals participating in LeapFrog's Survey. So, that tells me the Survey may not contain all the information it takes to have a complete picture of their safety record.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Villas

I am a new employee at the Verde Valley Medical center and just wanted to say that I feel privileged that I get to work in a great hospital and from the first day that I started working there that I was acknowledged and welcomed as part of the medical team. I am also proud that the hospital received a grade A in patient safety and care because it is our duty as a hospital employee to treat each patient or anyone who walks into the hospital with the up most respect and to treat each of them with the highest quality of care they deserve while providing a safe and comfortable environment.

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