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Augusta Health Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Augusta Health Nationally Recognized with an 'A' Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

FISHERSVILLE, Virginia–Augusta Health received an "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes Augusta Health's achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

"Patient Safety is a continuous effort at Augusta Health, and we focus on it every day," said Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, President and CEO of Augusta Health. "It's especially gratifying for our physicians and staff to be recognized nationally for their outstanding efforts. It's an even greater honor to receive this distinction for three successive Leapfrog grading periods, while dealing with the impact of a global pandemic that, at times, has hit our community hard. I'm proud of how we have responded to our community's needs for safe, high quality care during the pandemic and additionally through our vaccination efforts. I'm so proud of my colleagues for their abilities to keep our patients' health and safety as their top priorities. They truly deserve this recognition."

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 thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms 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.

“An 'A' Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "I thank the leadership and workforce of Augusta Health for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times."

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 and Facebook.

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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care. 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.

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 most recently Leapfrog Top Hospital 2020. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, https://www.augustahealth.com.