St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center was awarded an 'A' in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing St. Mary’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. This achievement marks the fifth time since 2018 that St. Mary’s has earned the top 'A' rating.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
"It is an honor to have achieved the 'A' Safety Grade five consecutive times," said Krista Roberts, CEO at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. "Recognition from Leapfrog with this award, especially during a pandemic, represents the commitment by all our caregivers to provide top-quality care in a clean, safe environment, which is always our top priority."
"We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and healthcare workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "This 'A' is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for St. Mary’s. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. healthcare system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it."
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 2,600 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.
St. Mary’s was awarded an 'A' grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020.