December 14, 2020

Four HealthONE Hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing HealthONE’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care 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. The four HealthONE hospitals who received an ‘A’ grade include Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Center. It is also worth noting that Rose Medical Center is one of only 29 hospitals nationwide who has earned an ‘A’ grade in every release from Leapfrog since the inception of the program.

“Each of our hospital’s first priority is providing a safe, high-quality patient experience. We hire top talent who not only have strong clinical and operational acumen, but a commitment to creating a memorable patient experience,” said Sylvia Young, President and CEO of HealthONE. “Our commitment to exceptional patient care is evident by these ‘A’ grades and I am extraordinarily proud to be a part of this team.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care 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 HealthONE. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care 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.

As part of the HealthONE system of care, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Center were awarded ‘A’ grades today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see HealthONE’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit the Hospital Safety Grade website and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.