April 30, 2021
Leapfrog assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harm to patients in their care.
Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, only 33 percent earned an “A” grade for meeting some of the industry’s highest standards.
“Our medical staff and support teams share a commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” said Elizabeth Mikula, HCA Healthcare Capital Division vice president of quality. “Our hospitals consistently rank among the best in the nation for patient safety because every one of our colleagues is focused on providing world-class care to those in the communities we serve.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns a grade to all general hospitals across the country every six months and is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your hospital system should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but HCA Virginia hospitals shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”