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(From left) Assistant nursing manger Felisha Tyree stands with medical director Dr. Christopher Chisholm and nursing manager Frances Manly inside the new newborn observation room on Jan. 17, 2019, at the UVA Medical Center. The hospital is getting ready to open a renovated inpatient unit to care for new moms and babies, as well as soon-to-be mothers with high-risk pregnancies that need in-hospital care before delivering their baby. Patients will move into 8 Central beginning Jan. 21, which now has 15 upgraded and private post-partum rooms designed with the comfortable and efficient care of the new family in mind. Other features include a newborn assessment area, specially equipped post-partum rooms for mothers requiring specialized care and a staff work room with an observation window so team members can monitor babies while working on other tasks.

The University of Virginia Medical Center has earned a top rating from a national patient safety ranking organization, following the trend of a majority of the state’s hospitals.

However, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital saw its rating drop from the fall.

The Leapfrog Group, which focuses on improving health care quality and safety, releases biennial safety grades to hospitals across the country based on performance in preventing medical errors, infection and other harms.

UVa earned an A rating and Sentara received a B.

“This is a tremendous honor for UVa,” Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, acting executive vice president for health affairs at UVa and chief executive officer of the UVa Medical Center, said in a press release.

The past six grades for UVa have been B, while Sentara had received three straight A ratings.

The rating is based on 28 publicly available safety measures, including patient outcomes and care processes, according to the release.

“Each day, we seek new and better ways to care for our patients,” Dr. Tracey Hoke, chief of quality and performance improvement for the UVa Health System, said in the release.

Virginia is ranked second in the nation for patient safety, with 53 percent of hospitals receiving an A rating. Oregon was first with 58 percent of hospitals getting an A.

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