Augusta Health Awarded ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group
Date: November 16, 2022
Categories: Press Release
FISHERSVILLE, Virginia, November 16, 2022 – Augusta Health received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction celebrates Augusta Health’s achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors.
“When a patient walks through our door at Augusta Health, they are at their most vulnerable moment, said Mahfuz Hoq, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Augusta Health. “The patient’s expectation is ‘Don’t harm me, heal me, and be nice to me’, in that order. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade goals focus on achieving exactly this expectation. Augusta Health has consistently been acknowledged as one of the safest healthcare systems, with a Leapfrog Safety Grade of ‘A’. This exceptional safety grade nationally recognizes Augusta Health as one of the safest institutions to receive healthcare.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.
“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”
To see Augusta Health’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.
About Augusta Health
Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care. Over the years, Augusta Health has been recognized by many external rating organizations: 100 Top Hospitals in America, HealthGrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, US News and World Report Best Regional Hospital, and Leapfrog Top Hospital 2020. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs, or its services, please visit the website, https://www.augustahealth.com.