May 31, 2023
Memorial Health received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, in their Spring 2023 grades. This national distinction celebrates Memorial Health's achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.
“We are proud to be recognized with another Leapfrog “A” Safety Grade rating this year,” said Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Health. “Patient safety is a priority for all of us at Memorial Health. Our patients always come first and we appreciate our colleagues who work hard to provide safe, high-quality care for our patients every day.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an 'A' despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
To see Memorial Health's full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Hospital Safety Grade website and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.