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Augusta Health Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for Hospital Safety

Monday, December 14, 2020

Augusta Health Nationally Recognized with an 'A' for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

FISHERSVILLE, Virginia – Augusta Health was awarded an 'A' in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Augusta Health's achievements in providing safer healthcare for patients. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. Updated every six months, the Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to all general hospitals across the country. The grade is based on a hospital's performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

"Patient Safety is a focused and continuous effort at Augusta Health as it is at every hospital across the nation," said Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, President and CEO of Augusta Health, "so for our physicians and staff to be recognized is especially gratifying. This year, as the pandemic has required us to adjust, adapt and re-focus on a nearly daily basis has been incredibly stressful. I'm so proud of my colleagues for their abilities to keep our patients' health and safety needs as their top priorities. They truly deserve this recognition."

"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 Augusta Health. 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.

Augusta Health was awarded an 'A' grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see Augusta Health's full grade details and 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.

For Information Contact:

Lisa Schwenk, Director of Public Relations
(540) 245-7329
lschwenk [at] augustahealth.com